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Just wondering how many fellow duck hunters take to the field for muzzleloader season. I am new to the muzzleloader aspect of deer hunting and would gladly except any helpful information. As I have already seen muzzleloader season seems to be a bit different from early bow and first and second shotgun since the rut is not in full swing.
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not much I can tell you except this. it is not like rife hunting. you have to take your time the muzzies shoot slower. so take your time with any shots. prepare and scout. have a back up plan if possible. I know that isnt much help but just stick to the basics and be patient.
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Haven't done it in a few years. But last time i did i took out my.old flint lock. .58 cal.
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I muzzleloader hunt with a hawken .50 cal and what I can say about the season is it's not at all like shotgun season. Shotgun season there is a huge amount of hunting pressure on the deer and they just run all over the place being scared from one hunter to the next. After gun season they're also a lot smarter and now there's less hunting pressure so things we got away with in hunting them in gun season we won't get away with now that they're more weary. Basically it's kind of like hunting them in bow season before the rut starts but they're smarter as it's later in the season.
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