NH Muzzleloader 1st Weekend

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Had a doe with 2 fawns come by early Saturday morning and later had black coyote pop over a rock wall for a split second. Other than that it was quiet, only heard 1 or 2 shots. How about you?
 

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Got out for a few hours between coats of polyurethane (stinky!)
But nothing moved through near my ground blind.
 

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I went out Saturday and had a nice Doe at 20 feet. Sunday went to another stand and nada but today was a banner day as the woods as 3 different bucks were chasing Doe and it was crazy....no shot though as I was so tempted but it was a really chancy shot and hes a nice buck.
 

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I went out Saturday and had a nice Doe at 20 feet. Sunday went to another stand and nada but today was a banner day as the woods as 3 different bucks were chasing Doe and it was crazy....no shot though as I was so tempted but it was a really chancy shot and hes a nice buck.
Good self-control, those chancy shots are not worth it in my opinion anyway. Sounds like a good day!
 

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One unknown trotted by about 150 yds away from my ground stand in WMU M around 7:00AM, saw nothing the rest of the day!!!! Standhunting sucks!!!! So I went out to WMU K on Sunday stillhunting and shot a 127LB 8PTER at 7:44AM!!!!
 

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I saw a big Coyote and two deer on Saturday. I couldn't get a shot off at any of them though.

Sunday morning I was walking up a hardwood finger. I crested the hill and noticed a deer standing in the hardwoods about 75 yards away. I pulled up my Muzzleloader but couldn't see it real well with the scope on 1, so I cranked the scope all the way up. It was a nice doe that I decided I would take. I pulled the hammer back and was getting ready to shoot when I heard a stick snap to my right. Out of the corner of my eye I see another deer trotting right towards me. It looked like a doe, so I wheeled my gun around, centered the cross hairs on the brisket, and touched one off.

The deer ran by me at about 10 yards. I watched it run out of sight, but I knew it was in trouble. It ran into a couple trees along the way. I found blood, and a lot of it. I tracked the deer until I spotted it bedded down, staring at me. A 2nd shot put the deer down for good. I was super pumped to have venison in the freezer before our season starts here in VT.

I started walking towards the deer. As I got closer, I began to realize that I made a mistake. This deer was much smaller than I thought. Like really small. I got up to it and saw that it was a button buck. Had I been a bit more patient, I would have let this one walk. I can't take it back now, so me and my family will enjoy the tender meat and I'll chalk it up as a learning experience.
 

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We've all been there. But if your goal is meat in the freezer, try not to feel bad and enjoy the steaks. Congrats, sounds like fun to me.
 

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We've all been there. But if your goal is meat in the freezer, try not to feel bad and enjoy the steaks. Congrats, sounds like fun to me.
Thanks Pete. I cut the deer up Sunday afternoon. The kids were pretty fascinated with it. We ate the inner loins for lunch and they were pretty darn good.
 

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Thanks Pete. I cut the deer up Sunday afternoon. The kids were pretty fascinated with it. We ate the inner loins for lunch and they were pretty darn good.
I was cutting up a deer in the yard one year on Black Friday. A group of mom's were off shopping, and since I was tagged out, I was volunteered as free daddy daycare. Anyway, it was a fun social experiment to hear a big group of kids, mixed ages, look at the pieces of deer I was taking off and make comments. I think my favorite was a 7yr old girl, from a non-hunting family that lives down in town look at a piece and say "That makes me hungry". She was young and sincere, and it was such a primal reaction. I thought it was fascinating. Meanwhile, my own kids think butchering a chicken is disgusting. I agree with them, and I don't know why. I've eaten home raised chicken my entire life, and really don't care if I ever do anymore. There's something very "clean" about the meat from a wild animal.
 

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I saw a big Coyote and two deer on Saturday. I couldn't get a shot off at any of them though.

Sunday morning I was walking up a hardwood finger. I crested the hill and noticed a deer standing in the hardwoods about 75 yards away. I pulled up my Muzzleloader but couldn't see it real well with the scope on 1, so I cranked the scope all the way up. It was a nice doe that I decided I would take. I pulled the hammer back and was getting ready to shoot when I heard a stick snap to my right. Out of the corner of my eye I see another deer trotting right towards me. It looked like a doe, so I wheeled my gun around, centered the cross hairs on the brisket, and touched one off.

The deer ran by me at about 10 yards. I watched it run out of sight, but I knew it was in trouble. It ran into a couple trees along the way. I found blood, and a lot of it. I tracked the deer until I spotted it bedded down, staring at me. A 2nd shot put the deer down for good. I was super pumped to have venison in the freezer before our season starts here in VT.

I started walking towards the deer. As I got closer, I began to realize that I made a mistake. This deer was much smaller than I thought. Like really small. I got up to it and saw that it was a button buck. Had I been a bit more patient, I would have let this one walk. I can't take it back now, so me and my family will enjoy the tender meat and I'll chalk it up as a learning experience.

Sometimes you just live in the moment. Congratulations on taking home some tasty venison.

Roger-
 


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