I have several thoughts on this matter.
First of all, Hawkeye is clearly not "running up the points".
I consider him a stand up young man and have not seen him with an axe to grind in any posts.
200 points is a fairly small sum to "run up" - particularly in light of the fact that he writes some of - if not the best - stories I have seen - some which can net 4500 points.
In that scheme, 200 points is fairly small change (0.0444 of 4500).
Back to November, I do not feel anyone (CVC included) did anything wrong...
Did we stretch the limits as far as could stretch them? Sure we did...
I was never in the running for top place in November in spite of the fact that I tried. I concentrated on stories and tips and could just not turn the tide that was CVC. Heck, I did not even get close.
Now. back to original question - I would go to the DNR headquarters if I were this individual and ask the folks there at headquarters what the REAL story is... I am sure you can get some very good guidance there.
Lawyers be damned... I would go to the source.
Now, if it is determined that the individual can not muzzleloader hunt - there are still crossbows (in some states) and bows in all states - or at least most.
This may even make a more complete hunter out him - assuming that he is not already an accomplished bowhunter.
If he is not accomplished, I would suggest that hanging around Hawkeye will GET him to that point fairly quickly!
I did expect Hawkeye to lead this month - and the month is far from over - I would still suspect a late surge from him and he has proven a most excellent (and ethical) opponent.
I would find no shame in being overtaken by him, but I will fend him off - tooth and claw - if I am able.
Best regards to all.