Advantages of Muzzleloader Season (Video)
In the last two decades, many states have established special black powder deer seasons. These seasons typically offer muzzleloader hunters several days in the woods by themselves. They frequently provide a high chance of success, and they offer many advantages to hunters who take advantage of them. For instance:
- Many muzzleloader seasons are set before modern firearms seasons, meaning the deer have not been subjected to heavy hunting pressure and forced out of their normal feeding/bedding patterns. Hence, they are more predictable in terms of location and movement. Good scouting can pay off big-time in early black powder seasons.
- Many black powder seasons coincide with the pre-rut, when bucks are moving, looking for does that are ready to breed. In many states, the early black powder season offers hunters their best chance at bagging a mature buck.
- Black powder seasons offer hunters extra days to spend in their stand and extra tags/chances to add to their meat supply.
- Numbers of hunters are generally lower during black powder seasons than in modern firearms seasons. This translates into woods that are quieter and less disturbed, which makes for high quality hours of solitude and observation when in the stand.
- There is an increased challenge that comes from hunting with a muzzleloader (offers only one shot) and an intrinsic satisfaction that results when a hunter makes a clean one-shot kill. Also, there is pleasure in the connection with history and the procedures and challenges frontier hunters undertook to harvest their game.