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Old 01-27-2004, 01:40 PM
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Just returned home this morning from my Muzzle loader deer hunt in SD. My wife and I stayed four days at the hunting camp and had the place to ourselves. It is an old One room country school that a land owner bought and turned it into a hunting cabin. We really enjoyed the stay. No Phones No TV. Cell phones won't even work out there. Our season is an Antlerless doe reduction season and I ended up shooting the biggest Mule Deer Doe I have seen in years. We came up with 105 lbs of boned out meat from this one. The deer were spooked because rifle season just ended a week ago. 200 Yards was about as close as you could get to them before they were off to the races. I finally took and connected on a 200 yard shot (my lomgest ever with muzzle loader). I shot a 300 grain Hornady XTP with two Pyrodex pellets. The bullet hit about center front of the chest and exited throug the far shoulder dropping her in her tracks. I was impressed with the performance of this load and can't imagine why I would ever need even try a three pellet load. Just getting ready to finish cutting and grinding the meat now. It was a good year and I ended up with three really nice big does. It don't get any better for a meat hunter like me. I used the TC woods Rifle which was the model just before the Black Diamond. 50 Cal.
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Old 01-27-2004, 02:12 PM
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Congrats...is the TC woods rifle an inline or flint? At 200 yards, open sights on a flint is a bit of a long shot. I would love to get out that way sometime and do that. If you don't mind me asking, what is the fee for something like that??

I have stayed in cabins built inthe 30's at Worlds End State Park in PA and loved it. No phone only a wood burner to keep you warm.

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Old 01-27-2004, 04:29 PM
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congrats, 105 lbs of meat is a bunch. that will keep you eating for a while. congrats once again.
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Old 01-27-2004, 05:14 PM
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There is no fee for this one as it belongs to a local land owner. there are some outfitters that operate in that area but I don't know what they charge. All of us in the area help keep the place up and everyone brings food and stuff and just leaves it there until seasons are over. Kind of a rolling potluck. One thing for sure, I have never lost any weight at the deer camp. South Dakota reserves the Muzzle loading tags for resident fot three drawings. After that anyone can buy them. There are left overs as a rule though the best units go first. You can conntact the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks on thier webb site. SD also has a dept of tourism which should have info on Bed and breakfast type hunts. I don't live out there right now because my wife has a good job in ND. However we will move back there soon and if you keep in touch, there might be an opening to hunt our area.
The Woods rifle is an inline and only under unuusual conditions would I try that shot. To make a long story shorter, the chances were great that there would be a good kill or a total miss. The weather the next day was a blizzard in the making and time was short. I never saw one go down any faster. I did have to make a finishing shot when I got to her but she could only move her head. She was behind a cedar tree with just the head, neck and front shoulder exposed. The bullet droped about 16 to 18 inches and drifted about as much from a very stong direct cross wind. About 30 MPH. Therefore I did not feel there was to much risk of wounding the animal. That 300 grain XTP does a job when it does hit. The sights are way to big for precision shooting but the gun has the potential to shoot very well. I want to find some good sights for it before next season and the rear just has to be a peep sight.
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Old 01-28-2004, 12:08 AM
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Congratulations!!
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Old 01-28-2004, 04:35 PM
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Congrats James! Sounds like a good time! 105 lbs. is usually what our doe weigh on the hoof here!
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Old 02-08-2004, 02:43 PM
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These deer where I hunt are big Mule deer. Grain feed. Thier diet is about 100 percent grain fields and alfalfa fields. Here where I live in ND the whitetail does are about half that size.
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Old 02-08-2004, 03:07 PM
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James B : NICE SHOT Congrats
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