I have as you said-I have seen a lot of BP, hunter in the deer hunting, what I alluded to was as you said, SMALL GAME HUNTING.On state land here in CT I often see fellow muzzle loaders during the BP season when I get back to my truck. As there are few state hunting areas, it is not unusual to see other BP hunters during the deer season. In 40 years, I have never run into another muzzle loader hunter during small game season. All the deer hunters I see during the muzzle loader season are using in-lines with scopes. I don't think I have ever seen a hunter using a percussion side lock, or heaven forbid flintlock. I get lots of " he must be crazy using a flint lock looks".
Only 2% of land in Texas is public land, right?It depends on when and where I'm hunting. If it's "ML Only" season, there are plenty. If regular season, not many. Here in Texas a lot of hunts are on leased land and then the only hunters on the place are muzzleloaders. On public lands it's back to which season, which legal arms, etc.