Muzzleloaders

Marti Davis Muzzleloader Buck

I was finally able to fill my Illinois muzzleloader tag on the last day of season, my 7th day hunting, in Illinois this past Sunday, 12/14.  Took down this nice 8-point with my Thompson-Center Omega 50 caliber muzzleloader topped with a Bushnell Elite 3200 3-9x40.  This buck came through around 10am following a group of does.  I got him stopped in a shooting lane with the Hunter's Specialtes True Talker grunt tube.  The 250 grain T-C Shockwave Super Glide pushed by 150 grains of Pyrodex pellets brought him down within 50 yards of where I shot him.

Marti Davis

 

Teresa Guthrie

During the Ohio gun season 2004 I took this monster with a Thompson Center 50 caliber inline muzzleloader, I had seen this buck before and he wouldn't come in, that's when I borrowed a friend of my husband's muzzleloader for a long range shot.

The evening I took him, he started the same pattern of moving out to the middle of the field with the does, when all of a sudden he decided to change directions and came right at me. I took the shot at approximately 90yds. He dropped on the spot, got back up and went 10yds and stayed down. Of course that's when the call went in to my husband that I had taken this buck. My husband had seen him before while hunting, and I think secretly wanted him for himself. (ok, well not secretly) I certainly don't expect to ever top this,,but boy that would be nice.Haha.

Just thought someone would enjoy the picture, and story of how this girl out did the man of the house for once. Believe me he really enjoys the picture and story, but I think he's really enjoying this monster now hanging next to his on the wall. (right)

Anyways here's one for the ladies. We have not had an official score on him at this time, but hope to in the next couple of weeks. We just got him from the taxidermist. My husband Stephen green scored him at 195 3/8 inches non-typical.

 

Finally... After 15 Years - Pat Bottoms

The date was November 11, 2002, opening day of muzzleloader season in Grayson County, Virginia. The weather was cool but not cold. It got colder as the sun set behind the mountains. My favorite and most dependable deer stand is located about 250 yards up the mountain from our cabin. I have really good luck at seeing and killing bucks from this particular stand before 5 pm or within minutes after. If my husband hunts this stand, he's lucky if he sees the first deer before 5:20 pm.

I started the walk to my stand at approximately 3:00 pm. I was taking my time walking so I would not get sweaty before I got there. I finally made it to the stand, put on the final layers of clothing, and then up the tree I went. My stand is positioned in an oak tree approximately 25 feet off of the ground, overlooking a thicket. To my left is a grass strip that is about 50 yards wide. The deer that come to this stand normally come down off the mountain, cross the grass strip and skirt the edge of the thicket coming to eat the acorns, grapes and occasional apple that may have fallen off one of the apple trees in the edge of the thicket.

I settled in and looked at my watch. It was 3:25 pm. I sat and watched the squirrels and birds. At about 4:00 pm, I blew my grunt call. I waited and waited and nothing happened. At 4:20 pm, I blew my grunt call again. I waited and waited and waited . Nothing happened. I looked at my watch. It was 4:38 pm, and I thought, "Okay, it's time for some deer to start moving." As I was sitting there, I slowly looked to my right to check the far end of the thicket. Nothing. I slowly looked to my left and on the left side of the grass strip I saw a white pine limb moving up and down. This was strange because the wind was not blowing! Out came a doe. She stopped momentarily in the grass strip and then proceeded in my direction to feed on what few acorns were on the ground. I was lucky because there were very few acorns in this area of Virginia this year. As I was watching the doe eat acorns, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. Another deer stepped out into the grass strip and was standing behind a clump of Virginia rose bushes. This time I thought I saw horns. The deer took a few more steps and I could see that it was indeed a buck and he looked like a nice one! He stopped about 20 yards from my stand, working a scrape and licking branch that is on the trail beside the thicket. After a couple of minutes, he slowly came in on the trail that the doe took. The doe started to move away from the area (I was thinking that she was almost ready for breeding and the buck was trying to catch up with her).

Meanwhile, I could clearly see that the buck was a fairly wide eight-point. It was the biggest ever for me. (I now know that he was 15 1/4" wide.) My heart was pounding and I was waiting for the perfect moment to raise my gun and take aim. Finally, he looked away and I raised my gun. I placed the crosshairs right between his shoulder blades and pulled the trigger. He dropped immediately. I lowered my gun, pulled a speed loader from my pocket, and poured the powder in. I started and seated the bullet, pulled the striker back, and put on a new cap in about five seconds.

After getting the muzzleloader loaded back, I looked through the scope and he was still down, not moving, eyes open. He was down for good with one shot. What time did I shoot? 4:53pm. I got another one before 5:00 pm. I climbed down out of the tree and walked over to him. He was the nicest buck that I have taken to date. He was my 28th deer, 19th antlered buck, and 7th deer with a muzzleloader, a Knight Wolverine 50 caliber. His rack was 15 1/4" wide and he field dressed at 170 lbs, which was a big deer for this area. Life was great!

I said my thanks for the hunt and the deer. After looking over the deer, I was getting ready to go get the four-wheeler and haul him out. As I turned to walk away, I saw something out of the corner of my eye coming from the same direction as the eight-point did, another buck. All I could see at this point was horns. I raised my gun to look at the deer. It was a four point. But what a four-point! His main beams were about 15 inches long and approximately 2 1/2 to 3 inches in circumference. I admired him and watched him walk away. I could have shot, but I already had the biggest buck ever taken in my life on the ground. Why be greedy? Maybe I would get a shot at the four-point during rifle season. I learned later that a guy hunting on the land that joins us got the four-point the following week. Darn!

 

Janna Tucker

I shot this 10 point buck on December 5, 2004 in Williamson County, Illinois on a private lease.  My husband, my brother-in-law and I were on the second shotgun/muzzleloader hunt when this big guy came by my stand trailing a doe and spike.  He was grunting with every step and was not interested in stopping for my grunt at all!  He finally gave me a shot at 85 yards when he stopped to figure out which way the doe had gone.  My TC .45 caliber Encore dropped him in his tracks.  About five minutes later a nice 8-pointer following the same trail made a scrape at my deer's feet as if to say, "Who's the big guy now?"  It was a very interesting thing to witness.  I have had a stellar deer season, harvesting 4 bucks in three different states!  My husband got me into deer hunting about 5 years ago, and I must admit, the bug has bitten me!  I just can't wait until next September!!

 

Muzzleloader Trophy Photos

Sandy Irwin

My first Muzzleloader harvest. We were drawn in Southern Saskatchewan.
Thanks honey ! Great birthday present.
Teresa Vaughn

My first muzzleloader mule deer buck taken near the Badlands of South Dakota.  A 4X4.
Brigitte Franklin

a hunt in Ashe County, NC with blackpowder
Deanna Jones

Muzzleloader 8 point, October, 2007
Wanda Chadbourne

Shot with my TC muzzleloader
Wanda Chadbourne

Shot with my TC muzzleloader
Samantha Phillips

This is Sam's second deer. She was 13 and used a .50 muzzle loader. She is from northern IL.
Brenda Valentine
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This fine old buck was taken during the IL muzzleloader season at the  Waterside Lodge on Peobody Recreational Lands.  Peabody is doing the best job in conservation that I've seen anywhere.
Teresa Guthrie

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Jana Tucker

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Barb Loy, Michigan

My 13 point buck I took December 18,2003 with a Knight muzzleoader that measured 164 6/8 typical and now is the Michigan womens muzzleloading record. Taken in Kalamazoo County Michigan.
Finally... After 15 years

Pat Bottoms

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