I got into the woods by about 2:30. I stayed local but went to a different spot in Allegheny County from where I have been seeing a nice 8 point (letting that spot cool down a little). I was thinking I'd take a doe tonight if presented the opportunity. The snow was crazy crunchy. Way too crunchy for still hunting. The breeze was shifting around a bit more than I like, too. Other than that, it was a beautiful cold afternoon to be in the woods. I moved out a ridge line into some unfamiliar territory. I was able to find a thick sunny slope to watch over where the breeze shifted side to side but not down the slope. About a half hour later, I noticed some movement coming towards me through the thicket from right to left. It was three nice size doe. They gradually fed their way across the hill right in front of me. At about 45-50 yards, the made their way into a relative clearing that offered a decent shot. I put the sight of my T/C PA Hunter behind the shoulder of the largest of the three and touched 'er off. I felt pretty confident that I made a good shot by her reaction and the way she ran. After allowing my nerves to settle, I walked down to where they were standing. I found a nice clump of hair on the trail where I felt I hit her, but no blood. 20-25 yards out the trail, I found another clump of hair, but still no blood. At about 50 yards of tracking, I found some pinpoint drops of crimson in the snow. The blood trail increased pretty fast the further I went. She went about 125 yards, and I found her piled-up, but the last 25-30 she must have drained out as there wasn't a drop of crimson in the snow.
Gotta love these flintlocks!
Below are some actual pics as I followed the trail.