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First time Flinter!!

This year I am attempting my first time flintlock hunting after Christmas. I have a few questions if other posters here don't mind helping out on. I know I can use my unused antler tag for either sex but can i use an unused anterless tag for an altlerless? allowing for two harvests?

Next what are the best steps to keep powder dry? in the pan I mean?

Finally what do you dress in traditional or modern? I have seen some go completely traditional. I dont know if I could tackle that first year!

Thanks for any help....
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Tuck your lock under you arm pit. I dress modern
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You can use your unused antlerless tags, but the antlerless tags have to still be used in their designated WMU's where the unused antlered tag you can use for antlerless anywhere you would be aloud to use it for an antlered deer.
They make some nice sleeves and pan and lock covers to keep powder dry but then you add another step when preparing to fire. I usually just try and carry my gun so the pan is situated under my arm to keep the snow and rain off, and just keep checking the powder and if it gets damp from moisture in the air I will brush out the pan and replace it, and I never really have any problems. (Besides the shooting well part)
And traditional would be really cool, but I know it gets too cold after Christmas for me to trust cloths that I would make. Haha.
Good luck this year, flintlock season is one of the best hunting experiences you can get in PA especially if you have some friends or family to go with.
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You don't mention it here, but I assume you have the required Resident Muzzleloader license. As suggested, it is the best season of all, and the last of its kind in the country.

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Use fff in pan, [censored] moisture up slower than fff, change pan powder accordingly, if its caking or wet cold. I dress traditional unless driving alot, over the years I have acquired and outfitted myself with nice warm stuff. Establish a routine and you will do fine....

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Re: First time Flinter!!

Easiest way is tucked under armpit, muzzle down (keeps water from following barrel to the pan). Check and change out regularly if needed.

I just dress in modern camo. When it gets 15 below and a foot of snow like it did a couple years ago where I hunt, my traditional would not be all that fun. It was 0-15 above in the morning last year. My traditional stuff still would not hack it

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-08-2015, 03:10 PM
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Practice off hand shooting as much as you can prior to the season.

Set yourself up much like you would archery hunting. Look for sign, try to pattern movement, and set up for a shot distance you know you can make.

I think too many beginners start out trying to hunt the same way they would with a centerfire and end up quitting because that tactic didn't work well for them..

Think like an archery hunter would. Expand into other tactics as proficiency increases with off season practice.
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Re: First time Flinter!!

All the suggestions above are great.

Two things to add is get yourself a priming pen. I wear mine on a lanyard around my neck and change the powder whenever I get unsure about the pan being damp. My pan brush and pick are on it too. Changing your priming powder ten times in a hunt is pretty cheap insurance that your gun will fire.

Secondly get yourself a frizzen cover. I attach it to the trigger guard with a strip of raw hide. It will keep the frizzen dry and acts like a safety also. I like to keep my gun at full lock on stand and flip the cover off with my thumb to shoot. No noise.
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Re: First time Flinter!!

4F in the pan, yes 3F works, but 4F works better/faster. keep the lock out of the weather. in your arm pit, under you coattail while sitting or drape an extra glove over it. change the powder often. as said, it is cheap insurance. use English flints. once you have carried these things for 35 years, it all become second nature to you. it really is very simple.

I dress both ways, depending on the day and the time to get ready. work with your rifle as much as possible between now and the season. knowing your gun is your friend. if everything is dialed in, misfires should be nonexistent. its just a time thing, the more you spend doing it, the better it becomes. good luck, and welcome to the best season in the world!
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Re: First time Flinter!!

I never keep it under my arm pit because of possible sweat/moisture.You can make a simple cover from a pair of jeans,etc.Just split and cover lock.You can spray with a water proof if you want.
As far as dress,go however you like.Warmth or tradition.
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