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Virginia Bruiser- Got the best of me

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.

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Virginia Bruiser- Got the best of me

Welcome to BGH Lowgrounds.

Wow, sorry about your bad luck, I feel your pain. It has happened to me once also but not with a Buck that big. Never did determine what went wrong with mine either. I guess that is just one of the many challenges of muzzleloader hunting.

Hard to tell if he'll be back. The only thing for certain with a rutting Buck is uncertainty. If there is still a hot Doe in the area then there is a good chance he'll pass thru again.
I don't believe that a Buck will spook from an area that easy, especially if he didn't really know what, where or who was spooking him. No harm came to him so he probably was over it with-in minutes.
Check the area for sign and hunt accordinly. Move stand closer to sign if he isn't showing up around your previous stand location.
Being confident in your location is the most important thing. If you are confident in that he'll be back then I say hunt it, however if you are not then I say move to another spot. You can't really be in a bad spot during the Rut.

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Virginia Bruiser- Got the best of me

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Thanks for the info. I feel a little more confident that he may show back up. I was able to get clearance from the boss to take off Friday...now its up to the deer gods if he makes another appearance. As i mentioned this is my "rut" stand. Last year the day before our shotgun opener i saw five powerful bucks running around like children in a school yard. Its a great spot so Im thinking that if he doesnt show up again, maybe his brother or cousin might. Thanks again. I will keep everyone updated.

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