Okay...here it is.
I hunted Saturday morning (Halloween) and came out for a bite to eat around 10. I returned to a new stand at 12 o'clock where I had seen 5 mountable bucks last year during the peak rut (four now). At 330 I had a monster show up and move in to 45 yards. His neck was swelled up to the size of a basketball and mouth wide open...he was on a mission. I squeezed the trigger on my muzzleloader and...click. the hammer never contacted the primer. The buck un-startled, continued to thrash around in the bushes slowly moving away. I quickly put a new primer in the gun...really not thinking sraight at the time...confused at to what went on. I grunted some more and he moved in closer. I pulled the trigger for a second time and nothing....AGAIN!..i grunted once more as he was walking away, which i believe might have spooked him a bit. He did not throw his tail up or blow at me, but he was warry of the grunting and nowing there was not another deer around. He quickly exited the premises. I was able to troubleshoot with my gun and can only think that there might have been some debris causing the hammer to not hit the primer. (i shot it twice yesterday after a thorough cleaning). My question is. Will he show up again? or do you think he is done with that area because he was essentially spooked??? I am going to try him again Friday, but am thinking i might have blown an awesome opportunity.
Any reponses would be great! By the way...i am still sick over the situation. I would have guessed him to be between 160-180 class buck.