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Does anyone even hunt with a muzzleloader anymore down below?

Seems like everyone jumped into the straight wall cartridge thing and their muzzleloaders became safe queens. To me, that's sad.
Now I'm certainly not one of the die hard traditionalists and demand muzzleloader season is a primitive season only but, its just my personal opinion that they should have never opened up CF during muzzleloader season. There are ways to control the doe populations besides using CF's.
Just an opinion from a long time muzzleloader. Not banging on anyone who hunts with a 450 Bushmaster or the like. I just like seeing more hunters involved with muzzlelaoders.

After not hunting at all last year. First season I didn't buy a license in 56yrs, and with all the medical issues that both the wife and I have had, I was finally in good enough shape to get into and out of the blind. So earlier this month I ran down to the store and bought a single tag. It paid off.

After a solid week of hunting, seeing a few does and spikes, I finally had a better buck come through.
It made for a great day for both the wife and I. Boosted spirits.

I was able to field dress it myself and pulled it out with the Ranger. I went inside and filled out my harvest report for the DNR, then it was off to the processor.



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I haven't hunted with a muzzy in a few years, still building them and shooting them though. Got into the smokeless game about 15 years ago and have enjoyed long range shooting and building those since. You can't even come close to a SMZ with any legal straightwall gun when you talk long range. If I were to go back and hunt a couple downstate farms I would tote one of those over any cartridge gun. That said HECK of a buck Encore!
If ........ yup, a lot of If's....... I'd like to try and get a SML 1K shoot going for next summer. I've had initial discussions with MTC and they're listening :)
 

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Nice Buck Encore, I am assuming you got that with your new shooting rod? There are very few that hunt with a ML during our second gun season. It comes to the ease and assurance of use. I still practice with a Black Diamond I want to tune in. The RUM I built now is a expansive closet queen.

The point you guys up in zone 2 and 3 do not realize is we lost a sport season that was different days then yours.
We had a 7 day quiet period then a 14 day long season. I use to enjoy going up to the UP for ML then coming back here for our season. Just like I am sure after your season ended a few come downstate to try for a farm Buck. But as the DRN said it was for the guy that could not afford a ML and only had a shotgun so the poor fellow could not go out. Have you ever figured out how many millions of dollars of ML are obsolete down here for us. I am just wondering when the DNR is going to open up zone 2 and 3 to all firearms for the ones that do not have a ML.
I don't have a lot of faith in some of the reasoning of our DNR.
 

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We better watch it, I know a couple members here that know the DNR is wise in everything!
To bad they do not look at the tourism money for hunting.
Let them believe it. LOL
 

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Happy to hear you were able to recover from your health issues. Great deer & story. At 66 I feel your pain. It ain't easy handling a deer by yourself but persurverance pays off. Sometimes a year off will relight the fire. (y)
Well, I recovered enough to be able to hunt, but I'm not 'out of the woods' yet.

I couldn't hunt last year because the wife fell off a step ladder and ended up with eight (8) fractures in her left leg. They had to take her down to Beaumont in Royal Oak to even help her. She was close to losing her leg. Weeks in the hospital there, then a week in a care home up here before I could bring her home. She made over 53 physical therapy visits. She's about 85% and that's going to be it.

Then this past July, the 26th to be exact, I had a full right knee replacement. That went well and my PT was going excellent. At the end of 5wks, things went all to hell in less than an hour. Long story shortened..... my knee started with pain so bad, I couldn't handle it. Brought tears to my eyes and.. I was in the truck coming home. I called the wife and when the garage door opened she was waiting. I was in pretty bad shape with what ended up being septic shock from a bacteria. She checked my temp which registered 105°. I don't remember much after that. Somehow she got me out of my truck and into her vehicle and in to town to the ER.
I remember NOTHING, that is until my knee surgeon showed up with a big needle to draw fluid from my knee. I could have bitten a 2x4 in half !!!!!!!
They had to open up the knee, remove all the plastics, flush it with 3 different types of antibiotics, then replaced the plastics with some infused with antibiotics of some kind. I spent 6 days there with IV after IV.
When the let me go, I had to have a PICC line and had an IV for 24/7 for six (6) weeks. We had home nurses that came in and showed and taught us how to change the IV's. They came once a week to completely change the dressings. I was on amoxicillin 24/7 but every evening had to inject some other type of antibiotic. It was rough.
After the 6wks it still isn't over. There's a doctor in Midland who is an infectious disease doctor who's in charge now. We have to have video conferences with her to update her and answer her questions. I'm FAR FROM DONE with antibiotics. I have to take 500mg of amoxicillin three times a day and for an entire year.
I've had so many antibiotics; I don't think I could catch the clap LOL

I'm working hard and doing exactly what I'm told by the doctors and PT. Its not easy but its manageable.
 
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