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Hunting tips, how to hunt deer muzzleloader season

Updated on September 9, 2011

Hunting tips, how to hunt deer muzzleloader season

For today’s avid deer hunters, the simple question of how to hunt deer is not as easy to answer as you might think. Modern deer hunters have many choices to consider. For most deer hunters it is as much about which deer-hunting season they want to hunt, or which weapon they are most comfortable using, as what is the best hunting tactics. In the Midwest states, such as, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio muzzleloader hunters, turned archers, are fortunate to have the privilege to start bowhunting in early September. Early archery season for the die-hard firearm hunters is simply too early to harvest a deer. However, it is a great opportunity for the muzzleloader and modern firearms hunters alike to get in a little pre-season scouting. You see the die-hard muzzleloader hunter’s bow hunt, with the sole purpose of getting lucky while carrying the ole stick and string. The possibility of locating a monster whitetail buck is the only thing that motivates these hunters to brave the heat and humidity of late summer.

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Hunting tips, how to hunt deer muzzleloader season

Pre-season scouting, let us back-up for just a minute, before scouting can be of any use to any hunter. We must first understand something. Scouting is nothing more than looking for clues. Like any good murder mystery or who done it mystery, it is all about the clues. Who done it, who made a particular track, who or what has been using this game trail, who has been sleeping in this bedding area, and who has been eating the farmers soy beans in this field.

Take a deer track for instance, there are little bitty tracks, like those left by a fawn. Fawn’s tracks resemble a small goat’s track. Then there are the small deer tracks, left by a yearling button buck or young doe. Mature yet subordinate bucks and does one and a half or two years old, have grown-up and have larger bodies, so it just makes sense their hooves are larger, and then there is the monster bucks. Monster Bucks are in a class all their own, generally speaking a true monster buck is at least three years old, but a true monster, Mack daddy or muy grandee regardless of what you call him, really does not reach his full monster potential until the age of four and a half or five.

Hunting tips, how to hunt deer muzzleloader season

With a better understanding of who made what track, a hunter is better able to determine what is using a particular game trail, or commonly referred to by hunters as deer runs. These deer runs are the roadways into the dear’s world. Runs lead to and from bedding areas, feeding areas, and everything in between. There are the main runs that have secondary runs branching off them. Like a good mystery, each one of these runs has clues or peaces to a puzzle if you like. The plot thickens my dear Watson, as the famous inspector Sherlock Homes would say to Mr. Watson at the discovery of a new clue. Likewise, a hunter will as he uncovers a new bit of information along a deer’s run.

Much like we humans, deer seek out the freshest and tastiest food available to them. Where there is an abundance of tender, succulent and sweet food in range of a deer’s ultra sensitive nose, the rest of him will soon follow. That is of course until fall and the seasons change. You see when the seasons change, and fall is in the air a bucks attention shift from one of food and relaxation, to one of lusting after the ladies, oh yeah, the ladies, and most importantly the “RUT”. When they say love is in the air, they mean the sent of a doe is telling the monster buck and all his rowdy friends the does mood is about to change. This brings about a change in the whitetail buck’s behavior that books written about and hunters talk about with respect, everywhere the whitetail buck roams.

Best of luck with your deer hunting success, Mike

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    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      RNMSN I just used the last of the venison in the freezer to make my favorite venison (deer) chili.

      You are welcome to check out my hub on it if you like, I would be very much interested in hearing what you think.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      Had to stop by and ask if you have venison in the freezer this year? yummm venison stew for xmas dinner or better yet venison sausage with xmas breakfast!!!

      love to you!!

      barbara b

    • Teddletonmr profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Teddleton 

      8 years ago from Midwest USA

      RNMSN thanks for stopping by my hub How to Hunt Deer Using a Muzzleloader and leaving your comment. Simper Fi, I have never lived farther south than Paris Island S.C. does that count?

      A .22 as an engagement gift now that's a southern boy by golly. Good marksmanship is important I agree. I was also brought up on the side of hunting to eat and not so much as sport. I have spent far more time afield watching and learning than I ever will harvesting game animals. It is in my blood as they say. Hunt, eat, live, and enjoy life. Mike

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      well my friend jarhead (I can say that cause my son is one too and I say it with pride and much love) my beloved hubby loves to make the muzzleloaders...he has a revolver that is a work of art and a huge rifle I cant even lift so far and he does excellent work but we don't hunt

      and when our marine was 12 and burst into the house in baldwin co ala and said "Mom I gotta kill a deer and I gotta kill it RIGHT NOW" this old hippie and he had a little talk on hunger and hunting in general. I also brought up how the hunt went many years ago just as you have here but when I got to the part of following the crowd just for the ritual of being bloodied his jaw dropped

      wanted to know how I knew about that

      poor thing didn't know he had a river rat for a mom born and raised on the cahaba river/his dad took him hunting and once was all it took...if you arent hungry you don't really need to hunt but I will defend to the death the right to do it if you want!! as long as you get my lecture first :) of all of us, I am still the best killer of beer cans with my .22 :) my hubby was a navy seal/one of the things that told me he really was for me was the fact that my being a better shot didn't bother him/got a new .22 for an engagement present nearly 30 yrs ago!

      I always enjoy your articles Teddletonmr!! I always learn and I always get great ideas/ are you sure you aint no southerner?

      love to you!! barbara b

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      The muzzleloader is a very interesting manner of hunting, I learned a lot on how to hunt deer using a Muzzleloader. Great tips!


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