I built a 50 cal hawkins from a kit when I was in high school.
I bought a bluing kit from a gun shop, it was a lot of work and the results were poor at best. What I would recomend is to prep the barrel and get it ready for blueing then take it to a reputable gunsmith for the bluing process.
Another option is traditional "browning" and I understand that this is a much easier process for the do-it yourselfer???
I made my flinter from the same kit that you are considering. They sure do make a fine rifle. Bluing is a little bit more tricky than browning a barrel. First you have to degreese your barrel repeatedly. I used dish soap and hot water, over and over. When I thought it was done, I cleaned it one more time. Then I used a cold bluing kit and submerged the barrel. It turned out quit well.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...