What rifle are you shooting? In my Lyman...my deer load is 80grs. of 2f Swiss with the 325gr. REAL bullet. Whitetails are all I've shot with it, but there's no muledeer that's gonna stand up to it either.
A good load for my rifle might be a horrible load for your rifle. Not just because they may have different barrel lengths and rates of twist, but also because each muzzleloader seems to be an individual, shooting differently than other muzzleloaders, even from the same manufacturer. Much more so than for modern cartridge guns.
What kind of gun do you have? What is its barrel length and rate of twist? That will influence whether you want to use a round ball, short conical, long conical, or even sabot (though sabots are illegal during muzzleloader season in some states). Once you have an idea of what kind of projectile you should be looking at, start experimenting until you come up with a load that's not too heavy, and shoots well and consistently.
January: Last years Season has ended.Time to start focusing on next year's season. You will need to find out what bucks might still be alive that made it through the last years hunting season. After the hunting season sometimes bucks and does might leave your area and go to another traditional winter yarding area. But they will return to the area around late February early march to spend the rest of their summer there. At this time of year, the use of scouting cameras will be the tool in...