Muzzleloading aka black powder and/or primitive weapons or
what ever your game department calls hunting with the ole smoke
although it is now far from being primitive with the in-line bolt action
rifles, sabot bullets and 150 grain powder capacity with 200 yard shots and
beyond fairly common. I limit myself to around 150 yards with
the solid lead conical bullets and 100 grains of Triple Seven powder I now
shoot. The Leopold 50MM 3.5 x 10 Vari-X III scope sitting on top of an early
Knight MK-85 stainless steel rig with wood thumb hole left hand stock and
action is no doubt an over-kill for that short range but the light gathering
capacity of a scope in this price range is excellent.
The pictures of my hunting area in 2001 is on the main hunting page and
for several years I had a tree stand of my own design and patent modified
for "lock on limb" style of hunting about 22
feet off the ground with a silo type ladder going to the tree stand.
The tree stand was secured with stout chains and turn buckles since the
water oak acorn tree in the middle of the field was at least 4 feet in
diameter 20 feet off the ground or it seemed that large anyway. I used lag bolts to secure the two 10 feet sections of
telescopic ladder to the tree and had the ladder first rung about 18 inches
or more off the ground.
Many deer were harvested out of this tree stand mostly about 55 yards
from the south end of the Bermuda grass/hay field in the edge of the wood
line where a logging road and opening terminates and I broadcast corn a
few weeks before muzzle loading season came in and had plenty of deer
checking on the feeding station. Deer stayed at the edge of the cover
but ventured out early and late to feed on the offering of corn but at risk
However, the last year I hunted from this tree stand was in 2000 and
made a decision to move the tree stand across the pasture in the South West
corner because the entire muzzle loading and regular rifle season the bucks
stayed in the cover chasing hot does back and forth and rarely came out into
the field. Below thumbnail pixs and left pix is looking toward the
South end of the pasture and the center pix looking toward the South West
corner where my 2001 stand was placed....right pix looking to the North end
of the pasture which is a good 400 yards away. I had excellent
concealment in this tree and a beautiful view of the pasture.
I relocated the tree stand and telescopic fixed ladders about 15 yards
into the cover as mentioned above and things sometimes have a way of working
in reverse. With my point of aim on my muzzle loader around 125 to 150
yards I decided to move the point of aim to around 75 yards since I would be
hunting mostly in fairly thick cover and would be able to cover part of the
pasture to my left. I had deer coming to my new feeding station a few
weeks before opening muzzle loading day and could not keep corn there due to
the heavy deer traffic. Prior to 2001, we had several good years of
acorn production from white, red and water oak trees and noticed in 2001
there were very few acorns on the ground and trees and this changed the
feeding routine of the deer.
Pix of view from my 2001 stand looking into the woods where my feeding
station was located.
Silo type ladder....the 20 feet elevation is very compressed from this
For some reason, I planned to do a little trophy hunting which is rare
because I hunt for the freezer and harvest does or bucks when the season
allows without regard to antler size, etc. and opening day had plenty of
small does and fawns in my feeding area and the evening hunt saw several
small deer and decided to harvest whatever came out right before dark which
was on November 3, 2001 if memory is correct and it was a heavy bodied spike
and the ole smoke pole did it's job. I think at this time I decided to
hold off for a larger buck since the "ice was broken" and
would have some game meat in the freezer.
I was on stand the following Monday morning early and there was a heavy
frost on the ground and the temperature was at or below freezing and noticed
on my way to my stand which I had to walk about 500 yards from one end of
the field to the other and stayed in the center of the field and cut
straight across from the big oak tree island the Bermuda grass which was
about a foot in height and trampled down with fresh deer dung noticeable.
Since I was hunting the woods in cover I did not pay too much attention to
the field and saw a few small deer at my feeding area and the bucks were not
active at all or at least in the woods anyway. I think I hunted the
next couple days without seeing a "shooter" buck and on Wednesday
morning around 8ish I just happened to turn around and stretch a little and
noticed a Monster buck deer to my left in the middle of the field walking
toward a small oak tree that was at least 300 yards or more from my position
and the tips of his tines were white as snow. The buck walked to the
small oak tree and turned around and went back across the field out of sight
and never saw the buck again. After that I started paying more
attention to the pasture and saw several small bucks walking in the middle
of the pasture at least 200 yards or more away and this continued through
out the rest of the mid-morning and finally I saw a 10 point buck at least
18 inches inside walk from the other side of the pasture which was a good
300 yards and angled into the middle of the field to view another small
buck. I estimated the buck at 200 yards and figured if I held on his
back line I should get a bullet into his rib cage and had a perfect rest
position and squeezed a round off and the buck shuddered or trembled a
little and then he turned around and went back in the direction he came from but
across the small pond dam and jumped the barbwire fence and quickly
view. I reloaded like a mad man possessed and put the double safety back on and and
climbed down from the tree stand and stepped off the distance and it was
around 200 yards and did not see any blood sign and saw the buck cut
across the pond dam and noticed there was a bloody hoof track on the deer's
left side which would have been correct since the deer was facing to the
left. I tracked the deer across the pond dam and into the woods and
didn't go 35 yards when the buck sprang upward and angled to my right but there
was too much cover for a clean shot. It would not have done any good
if I had an open shot since I still had the double safety in the on
position and only released the bolt safety.....grin if you must. I
spent the rest of the morning looking for blood sign, etc. but the deer's wound had
apparently closed up and did not bleed anymore from where he was bedded down.
I decided to check the bullet drop of the muzzle loader at that distance and set
a target up at 200 yards and the 160 grain solid lead bullet dropped 24
inches below the point of aim so if I made a steady shot which I believe I
did, the bullet must have grazed the deer's left front leg. I adjusted the
rifle's point of aim for 125 yards and chalked this up to more experience!
I continued to watch deer the rest of the week, spikes, does, 6 and 8
point bucks all walking in the middle of the pasture or on the other side of
the pasture around 250 to 300 yards out so guess my "game plan"
wasn't working as planned but that is why they call it hunting. My
summation for the sudden change in the movement pattern was the deer were
feeding heavily on the Bermuda grass in the pasture since the acorn crop did
not produce this year and the bucks were cruising the pasture trying to pick
up a hot trail/track.
On November 9, 2001 I hunted the tree stand again and around 8:30 A.M. I
saw a large buck walking very quickly from my left about 125 yards out going
directly toward the large willow oak tree in the center/end of the pasture,
however I did not have a clean shot due to other trees in my line of
and was hoping that we would pass between the oak tree and my position
giving me the opportunity for a good shot,
whereas the buck went behind the large oak tree and came out on the lower side and
offered only a quick quartering away shot. I put the scope cross hairs
at the base of his neck and was aligned with his neck, shoulder and rib
cage area and the muzzle loader bellowed smoke as the Pyrdex was ignited by
the CCI #11 cap and the buck made a quick about face and headed back in the
direction he came from. I saw the buck come out from behind the cover
beyond the oak tree and he went about 40 yards and stopped and weaved a
little and went down. I quickly reloaded in record time and went to
the downed buck. The 160 grain solid lead conical bullet entered the
deer's right ribcage centered around the last rib and lodged under the skin on the
opposite side in the shoulder. The bullet "cleaned his clock"
so to speak, a very quick and humane kill. I stepped the distance off
from my tree stand to where the deer was traveling behind the oak tree
island and it was about 160 yards which was an excellent shot in anybody's
book since the deer was on the move too!
The buck was a typical 12 pointer but had 5 kickers over an inch long which
included a split brow tine so I added them up for a 17 pointer....grin if you
must. As I stated earlier, I don't really trophy hunt so this
was a good deer for me...he had good mass and at least 14 inches inside
spread....not a monster like I had seen earlier but a good buck none the
less. Pixs below:
I think the ole boy field dress around 157 lbs. but can't be sure....I
couldn't find any annotation as I usually write a brief short story but have
lost a couple hard drives and computers since then and still don't have an
auxiliary hard drive back-up...some of us have to learn the hard way I
guess. I do back up stuff more frequently to CD's now.
I mounted the horns on a plaque and think this buck was way past his prime
and on the down hill side. I do know he was some "beautimous"
eating for sure.
I harvested another good buck with this same smoke pole in 1997 on the
other side of the woods across from this field in heavy cover using a
portable foot climber tree stand. On opening muzzle loader morning I
was on stand before daylight in a red oak tree about 35 feet off the ground
watching a fresh scrape about 40 yards up wind from my position. At
around 7:30 A.M. I heard a deer approaching from behind me and to my right
and the deer slowly walked within 20 yards and was in very thick cover not
offering a shot and had a heavy 8 point rack with at least 16 to 18 inch
inside spread with the sun just coming up on my left side and I slowly
turned my head no more than a few degrees when all of a sudden the deer
looked toward my position and went in reverse without ever taking his eyes
off my location. I was camouflaged from head to toe and the buck must
have seen the sun reflection off my State Eye Plan prescription eye glasses.
I stayed on stand until around 10:00 A.M. and came
down and the temperature was still below freezing and for our North Carolina area that is
cold for us in November.
I got back on stand that afternoon around 4:00 P.M. and hadn't been on
stand but a few minutes when I heard a deer coming from my left grunting
with every step he took. I saw his antlers through the cover and he
was circling my position to my left and going in front of me and I quickly
scanned the area out in front of the buck and saw about a 2 foot opening which it looked like he
would pass through and positioned the smoke pole on the spot and as soon as
his chest entered the opening I touched the hair trigger on the MK-85.
The buck got in high gear and didn't see him any more but heard him crash a few
seconds later straight in front of my stand about 60 yards out in thick
climbed the tree and reloaded and went to where I heard him crash and he was
piled up and a heavy bodied 11 point mature buck with swollen neck and in full
rut smelling form. He was field dressed and I had a home made rig shaw
type cart stashed in the wood nearby that had a horse shoe type telescopic
handle used to pull the cart and and loaded him on the cart and wheeled
him out. I was at least 5 or 6 hundred yards from where the closest
access point and didn't go but about a 100 yards before I had to stop and
get rid of some of the extra clothes due to about to have a heat stroke from
the thermal winter long johns that I had on. I went maybe another 50
yards and the terrain was sloping and the rig shaw got off balance and
flipped over rolling on top of myself and had to scramble to get out from
underneath the heavy load. I laughed out load and sheepishly looked
around as if someone was observing what was taking place. A Kodiak
moment printed on the brain for sure! I did have this ole boy mounted and we figured his live
weight around 197 lbs. and after the hide, neck and legs he weighted in at
101 lbs. which is a large deer for this area. Pix below:
We nick named this this buck "Hole in the Horn" due the the
hole in his left antler. Muzzle loading is an awesome time to be in
the woods and about the peak of our rut here in this part of the southern
piedmont region of North Carolina
and the deer are not yet spooked.
Back before the sabots came onto the scene, I used
traditional solid lead bullets and had good success with finding muzzle
loader deer after being shot since the bullet placement was more or less
like an archery kill unless a head shot presented itself. When the
sabots came out I switched over to the jacketed hollow point pistol bullets
in both .44 and .45 caliber and lost several deer that were lung shot and
the pistol bullets just did not expand enough with 90 to 100 grains of
Pyrdex powder, therefore a good blood trail was non-existent because there
was not an adequate exit hole. As soon as I switched back to solid
lead and/or hollow point bullets using the sabots I did not have any trouble
finding deer because the solid soft lead bullet expanded and left a
humongous exit hole. I have had the pistol type bullets leave the same
exit hole as the entry hole in deer and was lucky to find them in heavy
cover because there just was not a good blood trail left to follow.
Inserted below is pix of the exit hole in the rib cage of a large doe
made using a Knight 260 grain hollow core .45 caliber bullet using an older
type Modern Muzzle Loader Products black sabot, the ones they first came out
with. I think the overall sabot/bullet diameter was around .508 and
would shoot an average of 1.25 inch groups at 100 yards ahead of 90 grains
of Pyrdex powder. As the ole cliché, "A picture is worth a thousand
words." In the below pix, the bullet hit a rib centered entering
and also exiting which I am sure added a little extra explosion to the exit
hole and this is probably the largest exit hole I have witnessed using the
above bullet/sabot combination.
is another deer hanging from ole "Tom Dula" in the back ground!
A friend of mine told me years ago that he was having the same trouble I
was having until he went back to the solid hollow core soft lead bullets and
stated he could put a hen's egg through the exit hole and I never doubted his
word! Can you say awesome? Please note that I don't
get any compensation from Knight endorsing their lead bullets or MMP sabots but I tell it
like I see it. I have used the Barnes solid copper
bullets with sabots and they group the best of any bullets I have used but
have the same trouble with bullet expansion and do not use them. Soft
lead will expand if your gun will group them well enough. If I
thousands overall sabot/bullet diameter to .510 in my Knight rifle, the
bullets will not stay within a 6 to 8 inch circle at 100 yards so finding
the right sabot/bullet overall diameter for your gun is the key
along with tweaking the powder charge. The high compression sabot
bullets available simply increase the thickness of the sabot which increases
the pressure to increase the
velocity and in my opinion a dud. It reminds me of trying to
re-invent the wheel again with the emphasis on speed as with
archery manufacturers...speed does not kill, it is
or arrow placement. Ok, done with the whining now and that's
my story and I'm sticking to it!
Above pix of a Knight 260 grain lead hollow core or hollow point bullet
that was recovered from the neck of a deer shot through the head looking
more or less straight down.......excellent bullet expansion! I used
100 grains of Triple Seven powder.
Sometime around 1999 I harvested one of the largest bodied bucks from the
same pasture platform tree stand that had one entire main beam broken off
with only the brow tine remaining and the other side had the brow tine
missing and still had 7 points showing.
I grabbed hold of the remaining main beam and attempted to drag him out with
one hand and could not move the buck and had to put my rifle down and drag
him to the edge of the pasture and bring my ole truck back and hooked him to
the trailer hitch and dragged him to the other end of the pasture and field
dressed him. I still had much trouble loading him onto the truck bed.
I should have taken a pix or two but that is the way it goes when you
"hunt for the freezer." The old buck had battle scars
all over his neck and shoulder area from fighting other bucks. Makes
me wonder what kind of Monster buck broke his main beam off!
I will insert a few thumbnail pixs of other deer harvested with the muzzle loader
to prove that I hunt for the freezer...grin if you must!
Before the digital camera age came on the scene, I rarely took any pixs of
harvested game animals due to having to lug around an antique 1975 Nikon F2AS
35MM SLR camera and lenses. It is so much easier now to take the little
digital camera with a remote control and a small mini-tripod to get some
Most of my deer horns end up in my Deer Horn Stew Pot and a few others on
Below pix of knives with a couple deer horn antlered handles. The knife on
the right is strictly for "caping" and skinning a deer using the antler tip
to help separate the skin membrane and flesh from the hide, etc. Both
the antler handled knives were made from a Buck seven inch length bowie
blade cut in half yielding two knife blades. The Early vintage Buck
"Duke" knife's handle was inlaid with Mother of Pearl and finger grooves cut
into the handle.....slightly ahead of their regular production finger
grooved knives. I retired the ole Buck folding knife since over the
years about 1/8 inch was ground from the blade rending it unsafe to carry in
your pocket since the front portion of the blade would protrude slightly
from inside the knife.
If you think that is very bad, I camouflaged a real early Browning A5
Belgium light 12 gauge shotgun that had a special Mahogany stock and painted
it with a 45 degree tiger stripe pattern and a vintage Remington 700
BDL left hand .270 Win. caliber rifle. It made sense to me since
you are camouflaged head to toe and a bright gun or bow defeated the whole
camouflage scheme of things and this was long before the manufacturers
started offering guns and archery equipment camouflaged.
"Necessity is the Mother of Invention." Bow hunters in
the early 1970's were using effective camouflage military patterns such as
the wood land and tiger stripe long before camouflage clothing was available
and thought nothing of camouflage painting high dollar equipment.
Below pix of an antique Old Timer folding lock back knife that originally
had an up sweep on the blade tip and I altered it to a drop point blade for
William Jr., back when he was bowhunting with me in the late 1970's and
decided to put it back into action. The knife has a 3.5 inch cutting
blade although the blade is closer to 4 inches in length and has a good
patina on the blade. I later gave Bill Jr. a Buck Vanguard knife
that had field dressed many a deer and he has the knife with him in
California where he and his family lives. The Old Timer is easy to
sharpen and keeps a pretty fair edge but it doesn't take too much contact
with solid bone to dull it but at least it is easy to re-sharpen. The
Buck Vanguard retains an edge longer than the Old Timer but is a little
harder to sharpen.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 08-19-08
Following is a short story of my 2007 opening day muzzle loading hunt.
MUZZLELOADER HUNTING 2007
Our annual muzzle loader deer hunting season came in this year about a week
early on November 3, 2007 of which is about a week shy the peak of the deer
rutting activity in this area. I have not seen any serious evidence of
major rutting activity yet and stands to reason since I planned on hunting
ridge line out back. Inserted pix of the nine (9) point buck I
harvested at around 0920 hours.
This buck was actually hit twice by the same bullet. I know what you
are thinking so I will explain the best that I can. This buck bolted
through my feeding area which is about seventy (70) yards from my shooting
position as if something was chasing him. He did not offer an
immediate shot and headed up the ridge on an old skidder road and about 125
yards out I gave out a loud vocal sound that sounds like: ank, ank.
Note: Double click
ank, ank to hear a .mp3 sound that stopped
the buck in his tracks offering me a shot through an opening
between a couple trees. He was just about straight away with a slight angle.
At the crack of the rifle he headed up the ridge and was quickly out of
sight and I thought I hear him fall but not sure. The shot felt ok and the
cross hairs on the Leopold 3.5 x 10 was as steady as the laser technology
used on the smart bombs even after three (3) cups of early morning coffee….well it was
decaffeinated mind you! After the smoke settled from the
tremendous muzzle blast from the .50 caliber Knight MK-85 left hand muzzle
loading rifle which is antiquated now but still gets the job done with the
260 grain solid lead bullet with a four pedal sabot and 90 grains of triple
seven powder, I headed in the direction the buck had taken.
I felt confident that I had made a good hit and took my back pack with the
little 3 inch blade knife and headed up the ridge. I did not see any
sign of a hit where I thought the deer was standing when I fired and
continued up the ridge several yards and the bright
crimson blood trail was
heavy enough that a blind man could follow. Blood was sprayed out on the
bushes at least three (3) feet high and it did not take too long before I blood
trailed him down. The buck went maybe seventy (70) yards after the fatal
hit. The bullet entered just under the hide on the outside of his left hind
quarter and went about an inch and came out and then entered the rib cage at
the last rib and angled through the lungs and exited in front of the right
front shoulder…can you saw awesome!
If you look closely you can see the bullet hole in the outside of the left hind quarter and it
continued in line entering the rib cage. I was surprised that the 260 grain
lead bullet exited the deer but it did not hit any major bone structure to
slow the bullet down. The ole boy was quickly field dressed where he fell
and the drag down the ridge line was very easy until I got to the branch and
according to the County map is the start of Culpepper Creek which crosses
the Anson Senior High road and feeds into Gould’s Fork which empties into
Brown Creek which connects to the Pee Dee River above the 109 river bridge.
Well, so much for the geography lesson…how that came up is a mystery to me!
Below pix of deer hanging from a white oak tree outback I named "Tom
Inserted pix of the head to see the antler configuration which had quite a
The deer was aged a few days and deboned and ground into burger with the
back (loin) strap sliced and cubed and will be some “beautimous” eating.
Had better run for now; got a few days off this week to continue gun hunting
and it has been a good productive season so far with my freezer getting
fatter each week.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 11-12-07
MUZZLELOADER HUNTING 2008
Our annual muzzleloading season came in today November 8, 2008 for the
Central region of North Carolina and the temperature at 0530 hours was 60
degrees. This "heat wave" definitely tends to put a damper on the
hunting but the rut was beginning to kick in so still had high hopes of
taking one for the freezer today whether a buck or doe. I am not
inclined to trophy hunt since the freezer is my main objective but maybe one
of these days a monster buck will walk out before I take anything smaller.
This hunting season has been plagued with all sorts of things that could go
wrong.....check on the short story link titled Murphy's Law and it will set
the pace for this season but all has not been lost. I have had to
really earn my deer this year but that adds to the challenge.
The transformation from bowhunting to muzzleloading seemed most awkward this
year for some reason and got everything in order and didn't leave any
crucial item out of my back pack or shirt pocket of which my shirt pocket
usually has three or four speed loaders ready to go with a capper full of
#11 caps and a bullet starter. The #11 caps will let you know how
antique my muzzleloading equipment is...go ahead and grin but the ole Knight
MK85 Left hand Stainless Steel with the laminated thumbhole stock has
not let me down yet even in rainy weather.
I got on stand this morning around 0545 to 0600 hours which is a
"guesstimate" since I didn't look at my watch and put out a couple vials of
Tink's 69 and Pete Rickards lure about 30 yards from my stand. The
wind was real bad blowing mostly from the South to Southwest which is not
the best wind direction for the stand I selected today but wanted to watch a
cutover in addition to my regular feeding station.
At around 0634 hours it sounded like a small insurrection was taking place
with all the shots being fired in my hearing range and several were about
1/4 mile away in a very good location. I counted a total of 15 rounds
fired before 0800 hours and was beginning to think I was on the wrong stand
and about 30 minutes prior to this a hunter was sneaking his way around the
edge of the cutover in full camouflage without any hunter orange on at all
and it appeared he was carrying a regular deer rifle instead of a
muzzleloader since the barrel looked to small and tapered. I started
to holler at the first class idiot but elected to continue
hunting and hopefully he didn't ruin my hunt. It is an understatement
that "There is simply no cure for stupid" referring to the above
hunter walking in the woods during gun season without the benefit of
hunter safety orange on his person. I took a good mental
picture of him through the Zeiss 7 x 42 armored binoculars and think I know
who he is but will make a good ID before I mention his hunting on private
land of which he doesn't have permission to hunt.
At around 0808 I observed a good management buck as my buddies call them
coming from my right at the edge of the cutover which is about 70 yards from
my stand and he was trying to get locked in on the scent I had put out.
He just about committed to leave the cutover and come into the cover where
the scent was at but elected to move on and I gave my usual
ank, ank sound
and he stopped in his tracks. I squeezed the trigger and smoke
bellowed from my ole smoke pole even though I am using Triple 7 powder and
he was gone from my field of view when the smoke cleared but I did hear him
crashing through the woods to the left in the direction he was originally
headed. After lowering the smoke pole to the ground of which I didn't
reload it or take it with me since I was sure of a good solid hit by the way
he was crashing into things leaving the area. I didn't see any sign of
a hit where he was standing and went to the edge of the cutover where it
meets the wood line which is very thick with undergrowth and immediately
picked up a bright crimson blood trail that had air bubbles
indicating a lung shot and he was
spraying blood from both sides about waist high. I followed the blood
trail for about 150 yards or more and the blood was getting sparse and was
beginning to doubt that I had made a good hit but finally walked up on him
within about six feet because of the dense cover and he was down for the 10
count. The bullet was high and a into the left shoulder and not
bad for an offhand quick shot at 70 yards. My muzzleloader is shooting
about one inch high at 100 yards so will have to mentally remember to shoot
a little low on closer shots. Following pix of where he fell:
The undergrowth was so thick it was extremely difficult to drag him out.
He had 7 points showing and two were broken off with his neck swollen and
smelled strong. The buck was field dressed about where he fell since
he was a good 200 yards from my stand location and the coyotes and foxes
will consume the viscera overnight which is the norm around that hunting
location. The Knight hollow core 260 grain soft lead bullet expanded
to about the size of a quarter upon exiting the deer and did some serious
damage to one shoulder as well. My smoke pole has the exit hole
covered up on the below pix and had to do a little blood removal.
Needless to say I was "pooped" after dragging him out of the thicket.
The fall leaf color is beautiful this time of the year and a pleasure to be
able to enjoy a portion of God's creation. This buck will render some
"beautimous" ground venison burger and cubed loin strap not the mention the
two long medallions I call sweet meat or "tenderloins" on the inside next to
the backbone which will be cut into one inch cubes, dipped in prepared
mustard with a coating of seasoned flour, deep fried until golden brown and
served with a toothpick as an appetizer. It just doesn't get any
better than this. Not a wall hanger by a very long shot but some
wonderful freezer meat. I would just as soon had a large doe but "A
bird in the hand, is worth two in the bush." or should say a
in the hand...go ahead and grin now. To keep Murphy's Law alive,
when I got ready to go hunting in the afternoon I could not locate my
regular hunting glasses which is a pair that doesn't have the progressive
prescription I normally use and you guessed it don't have a back up pair
like them. I remember changing the pair to my regular progressive
glasses which has a little helper for the close up stuff needed for
operating the digital camera when I set up the little tripod for a
self-portrait. I don't like the progressive lenses for hunting because
you do not have much peripheral vision and have to move your head since just
moving your eyes and not looking straight ahead will have objects slightly
out of focus which is common to that type of lenses. To make a long
story short, my bride aka "Tweet" suggested that I get a flashlight and go
back outside and look for the glasses in the dark which did work great even
though the leaves are profusely falling from my deer hanging tree which I
named Tom Dulley aka Tom Dula since it is a White Oak tree...remember the
Kingston Trio song from the 1960's, "Hang down your head Tom Dulley"....It
took about ten minutes but finally the flashlight got a reflection from the
glasses and back in business again.
Bill aka Mickey Porter 11-08-08
MUZZLELOADER HUNTING 2009
Muzzleloading 2009 season is now in it's 3rd hunting day and have seen only
one deer on 11-09-09 at day break and could not tell if it was a buck or
doe. Weather conditions have not been ideal, way too hot, wrong wind
direction, and now looking at about a three day soaking rain for the recent
hurricane Ida, but I believe the main
reason for not seeing deer in the cutover is the adjacent track of land is
now hunted pretty heavy by the new folks hunting of which the deer are cut off from my stand location.
Maybe a few deer will slip through the "dragnet" while the rut is underway
and make their way in front of my stand location.
Below is pix of the view from my stand:
This stand has a very narrow window of opportunity affording a shot to harvest a deer and they travel
close to the edge on this side of the cutover. I try and get the odds
in my favor by placing a few strategically placed scent vents at the edge of
the cutover in a small tree which will attract and hold a deer long enough
to touch a round off.
I just found out this week that the new owners of the Knight rifles are
going out of business and have had the ole Knight MK-85 left hand "smoke
pole" since they came out with the Stainless Steel MK-85 version and it has
never failed to fire while hunting. I put one of their custom
thumbhole stocks on there that they offered on their Grand American
top of the line muzzleloader and have really enjoyed this muzzleloader.
It is a relic compared to the new guns that Thompson manufacturers but the
ole gun is still going strong. I don't know whether the Knight 260
grain lead bullets will still be available but I probably have about a ten
year supply on hand if I don't shoot more than 5 or 6 rounds each season and
that is about the way my luck goes.....find something that you really like
and sooner or later it is no longer available but that is more or less due
to progress I suppose! 11-10-09 Bill Porter
I did not harvest a deer during the 2009 muzzleloader season and it has been
many, many years coming up empty during the first few days and week of
muzzleloader hunting. Hopefully, our regular gun season will be more
productive which came in yesterday and did not see a single deer either and
heard very few shots fired during the course of the day.
Leaving on a positive note, I fired the ole smoke pole that was loaded 9
days ago and was out in some heavy rain and drizzle and think I will keep it
in the stable for another season!
11-15-09 Bill aka Mickey Porter.