Muzzleloader sales are down 30,000 from 10 years ago. I do see less participation in flintlock season as well. Where I primarily hunt, we could usually rely on pressure from some neighboring farms moving deer throughout the day. That isn't happening now.
Speaking from personal experience. I used to hunt with 4-5 guys every flintlock season. We would be out there every Saturday hitting it hard. These guys began to hunt less and less. The last three years, I have hunted flintlock by myself. All have quit. Interesting thing they are also hunting other seasons less and less as well. None crossbow hunt other than me.
Because of this, I have been spending more time on a different property that doesn't have as many deer, but there is good pressure on the land surrounding it. It is a large lease and still has a good flintlock crew in there driving deer all day.
Flintlock season may be my favorite season. It is "pure" season that is free from most gadgets, gizmos, and hi-tech stuff that have invaded our hunting packs and weapons. I truly feel like I am hunting as they did 100s of years ago. Success is sweet.
I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!
Last edited by dpms; 09-19-2018 at 08:54 AM.