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Tennessee Muzzleloader Hunt

The two week long Tn muzzleloader season started on Saturday. Saturday was very foggy in the AM and very slow in the PM in the spot where we'd seen lots of sign in a week before. I was all set in my stand by 1 full hour before sunrise on day #2 and then just as it was getting light enough to see, this fella showed up. He was at 100 yards and I had to grunt him to a stop twice before I felt good about shooting.

The smoke obscured everything for long enough that I could not see where he might have run to, but I was sure I'd heard that bullet hit! Looked a long time before I found him a full 100 yards away from where I shot him. Take a look at that heart and tell me there's a way he could have run THAT FAR!!...lol.

Now, his heart was torn in half and he still ran 100 yards, please 'splain that to me!!. Whistling


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That's a nice looking deer,

That's a nice looking deer, too bad about that heart since that makes a good meal.

As far as how far he ran after he was shot with the heart blown in two that is a good question.  I once shot a buck with a .54 caliber Hawkin and a 430 grain bullet which took out the heart, the bottom half of each lung and 3/4 of the off side rib cage but he still ran 70 or so yards.  My hunting partner at the time couldn't believe the destruction that was at the site where I shot him, and then he couldn't believe how far he ran after the shot.  Some animals just don't want to die I guess. 

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Congratulations on a great

Congratulations on a great looking buck!! I have had similar results before with shots placed nearly the same. sometimes they seem to drop in thier tracks with a shot that shouldn't do it and other times like yuors they run dead on the hoof for far longer than you would ever believe. But the only thing that matters is the buck was recovered.

Congratulations again, He's twicw as big as the whitetail I just took in Texas.

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Boy, that's one heck of a

Boy, that's one heck of a buck!  Definately did some good damage to that heart.  I never eat the heart, but as Critter was saying, I have heard they make a good meal.  We used to give our heart and liver away to an older gentleman at church, he loved them.

Anyway, a big congrats to you!  Great buck for any season, muzzleloader or other type of weapon.  Looks like Tennessee produces some dandy animals!

Just curious, when is the rifle season up there?  Did it already pass, or is it after this? California and Vermont, the 2 places I hunt, both do their ML seasons after the rifle seasons.

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Hey Sean, The rifle season in Tn always starts the Saturday before Thanksgiving, so it starts in a week & a half from now. The muzzleloader season is now a full two weeks, directly prior and no late additional M/L season as had previously always been common. From the start of rifle, it will remain non-stop until 1 January this (next) year. I also have Kentucky rifle coming up this Saturday (week before Tn)  and it lasts two weeks. So, I'll be hunting both for about 10 days. My Kentucky area is actually closer to my house than my Tennessee areas...lol. There will be a few days, I'd figure, where I'll likely hunt both states on the same day. I've got 2 buck tags left for Tn and one for Ky. The bag limit for does; one in Ky (other tags available at added cost) and three does/day in Tennessee, all included in the price of the license.

Ed

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Okay, got it.  Vermont has

Okay, got it.  Vermont has their muzzleloader season at the end of it all.  First week in December.  Problem is, in a bad winter, alot of the deer have moved into their deer yards by then.  There was a push to make a 4 day season during the archery season in October, but it got defeated.

Anyway, looks like you'll be doing a lot of shooting this fall.  Best of luck, and keep us updated!

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Congrats

Congrats Tndeerhunter.  I just returned from hunting the first week of MZ in Tenn.  Met with the same conditions (fog) but not the same results.  Had some opportunity, but did not bring home anything for the freezer.  Had a great time, and am already looking forward to next years season.

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