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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-28-2019, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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I might as well start a day 3 after the frustrating day I had. Back in archery season I had an encounter with a big buck in a thick bedding and I hung two stands last weekend in this area for different winds to hunt this buck. This morning I put some drives on for my son and about noon I climbed into one of the stands I hung. My son was going to walk into this thick bedding area just enough to bump some deer and I wanted him to be quiet. If a buck was in there I thought he would come my way because the wind was blowing into the bedding area, but as long as the deer came out below they could quarter into the wind but not smell me. When I first saw him he was about fifty yards just slowly sneaking my way. At twenty yards I put my bead on his lungs elbows resting on my knees and squeezed the trigger. Pan powder went off, but the barrel charge didn't. He stand there looking at me and I was looking at him down the barrel of my rifle, he starting to trot off and I quickly recharged the pan. At forty yards I stopped him with a mouth grunt and could not believe I was getting a second chance, flash pan goes off again and no ignition. This time I watched his twenty plus inch frame run over the hill. Well at least there is more hunting to do and maybe the third time he won't be so lucky. Definitely wished I had the bow this morning.

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I hope it works out for you , the next time out. besides at least you know where he is bedding and at least you saw something
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Just a thought,was the gun loaded?
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Just a thought,was the gun loaded?
I'm old but not that old, yes it was loaded. I got down and shot the gun, it went off on the fourth try. I reloaded and hunted the rest of the day from that stand, I did see a small buck later on also. I had loaded the gun yesterday afternoon for an evening hunt, and the gun was kept in my truck so that should not have been an issue. What I think may have happened is when I got in my tree stand all my muzzleloader stuff was in my fanny pack and the bottom of my fanny back is loaded with debris and dirt from hunting all year. When I went to charge the pan with my pan charger the end was full of dirt and dirt filled the pan. I dumped that out and re-charged it, but I wonder is dirt got back into the primer hole.

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I might as well start a day 3 after the frustrating day I had. Back in archery season I had an encounter with a big buck in a thick bedding and I hung two stands last weekend in this area for different winds to hunt this buck. This morning I put some drives on for my son and about noon I climbed into one of the stands I hung. My son was going to walk into this thick bedding area just enough to bump some deer and I wanted him to be quiet. If a buck was in there I thought he would come my way because the wind was blowing into the bedding area, but as long as the deer came out below they could quarter into the wind but not smell me. When I first saw him he was about fifty yards just slowly sneaking my way. At twenty yards I put my bead on his lungs elbows resting on my knees and squeezed the trigger. Pan powder went off, but the barrel charge didn't. He stand there looking at me and I was looking at him down the barrel of my rifle, he starting to trot off and I quickly recharged the pan. At forty yards I stopped him with a mouth grunt and could not believe I was getting a second chance, flash pan goes off again and no ignition. This time I watched his twenty plus inch frame run over the hill. Well at least there is more hunting to do and maybe the third time he won't be so lucky. Definitely wished I had the bow this morning.

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A few years ago i went up to Potter County for the late season and there was almost 2 feet of snow and i was climbing a very steep mountain and kept falling down. Half way up i saw 6 big doe bedded down 50 yards away and they all stood up. I pulled up click not spark, cocked it again click no spark then they ran. I kept thinking what the heck happened, well i guess i bumped my gun and the flint was sitting sideways lol.

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My son and I had a great day . between the two of us we saw 25 doe and 2 buck. No shots fired.
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A friend missed a Doe at 50 clicks today.
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Thats a bummer PaBone!

You had a much better day than me. I hunted 7 hours today and never saw a deer. Usually this farm has lots of action in flintlock as there is a large lease that borders it that gets pushed pretty hard. The lease guys were not in there today. I wonder if they lost the lease.

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Well, I've always thought just as there are lucky hunters, there are lucky bucks. Luck was certainly with that one today.
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