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My early bow season is about to end, bring on ML season

Old 10-28-2010, 11:25 AM
Typical Buck
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Default My early bow season is about to end, bring on ML season

Well my bow season hasn't gone as planned. I have been out quite a bit, seen some deer, drew on one deer, but haven't taken any shots. I have had deer in bow range, but haven't gotten any shots. I hope to turn the season around once muzzle loader season starts.

I have the next two evenings to try to tag one before I switch over to a muzzle loader. Once I make the switch, it will be a muzzle loader or rifle for the rest of the season. It is nearly impossible for me to go into the woods with a bow when I can be carrying a rifle of some sort. I know you die hard bow hunters don't like hearing that, but that is the way it is for me. Don't get me wrong, I love bow hunting and really hoped to get what would have been my second deer with a bow this year.

Oh well, hopefully it will happen tonight or tomorrow as getting one with a bow is quite an accomplishment.
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:50 AM
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Yep blackpowder season is this weekend. I sighted in my .45 and my .50 Hawkens this past sunday. While I love my muzzleloaders (spent 40 hours building my .50 cal hawkens last yr) I had this strange feeling while shooting.

I might not buy my smokepole lisence and just keep using my bow, and maybe once regular gun season with the dog runners come in I can switch over to smokepole for the remainder of the season.

Up until a few weeks ago I have never shot a deer with anything other than blackpowder. Now that I have my first bow kill under my belt its hard to not take it into the woods with me.

Think the dark side is taking over, and I must say. "I like it a alot" not enough for me to give up blackpowder all together, but certainly making me have to pick between the two.
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:55 AM
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In Iowa, you have the opportunity to choose either ML or shotgun for the firearms seasons, you can bet your bottom dollar I am carrying both the ML and the bow in all through December!

Gotta fill them landowner tags, and to me, nothing is better than whacking a deer within 35 yards with the silent death! Besides, can't kill more than one in a sitting with a ML in my experience; everything scatters for a mile that late in the season, especially seeing the shotgun seasons remind me of the Battle of the Bulge scene from Band of Brothers.
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