Wet Cold Weather shooting

Discussion in 'General Muzzleloading' started by Dr5x, Nov 30, 2019.

Help Support Muzzle Loading Forum by donating:

  1. Nov 30, 2019 #1

    Dr5x

    Dr5x

    Dr5x

    50 Cal. MLF Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2004
    Messages:
    1,783
    Likes Received:
    340
    Location:
    GREATER ST. LOUIS COUNTY
    Keeping your powder dry and then yourself in the same state are primary concerncernsIn the cold your hands become stiff and you begin dropping things and after a while any other indoor sport begins to appeal. but you're pretty hard nosed and are bu God going to stick it out.You'll perhaps see deer out there but maybe not as many as in more favorable weather/ You begin to figure the deer aren't as thick headed as you are and tend to look for a bit more shelter than you have found.
    You are keeping your flintlock and the carefully charged pan as safe as possible inside a cow's knee leather arrangement in place but in you heart you know the powder in the pan is reaching to grab moisture out of the air so it won't have greet the flint spark with any welcome.
    You see a deer. aim Oh so carefully pull the trigger creating a loud silence as the pan has made its decision making enough noise to cause the deer to become a memory.. Annoyed as all hell you recheck the rifle a snap off another blank quiet but this time there is the great white cloud. the big bang and the ball goes off to make an unwritten memorial to your wasted day.
    You smell that some. forget all the grief and think "What a great day. Dammit"

    Were having a lot of that weather all across the great plains area these days. I don't know what areas might be open season now but there are still a lot of hard shell BP hunters out there somewhere.

    I have never had venison harvested in the field but I have had ranch raised corn fed venison served in a restaurant I was doing advertising for and when I ran and dressed to all the unsuccessful deer hunters and have a taste of ou good stuff and a copy of our recipe the sky fell in on me and the restaurant it is illegal to sell any meat from wild game in Missouri. Even if it was raised in New York state.
    Tasted good before the major confiscation..

    Dutch Schoultz
     
  2. Dec 2, 2019 #2

    Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave

    Loyalist Dave

    Cannon MLF Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2011
    Messages:
    8,571
    Likes Received:
    1,288
    Location:
    People's Republic of Maryland
    My very first deer was taken in the drizzling rain. A little after mid day.
    Hilarious..., as my buddy did a "number" on his hamstring when we walked out that morning. (That's not the funny part)

    So we walked back...well he limped, and I walked and carried his gear. He was upset he'd harmed our hunt so I promised I'd go back out. Went out at noon..., drizzling rain had started. AH my buddy had returned my spare capote which I'd lent to him the month prior, with the instructions, "Don't clean it; I do that myself". I forgot my main wool hunting coat that day, so I dawned my "loaner" and walked out, the flintlock lock inside the capote and under my right arm pit.

    When I got situated, and stopped moving, I was greeted with this lovely "Spring Fresh Scent of Lavender and Lilacs". GOOD GRIEF the buddy's wife had washed the wool capote with detergent. :mad: Seems she didn't like the wood-smoke scent on the garment....EGAD!

    The wind shifted in the woods toward a thick, brushy area about forty yards away, and I heard the distinct "whew whew" of several doe that smell something bad (like lavender and lilac detergent scent) before they bolted away, not giving me a shot, nor ever having been seen, only heard. :( It would've been a good day for just that..., that was the funny part...I agreed with the doe...I STANK pretty fierce :thumb:

    But about an hour later, this very young buck wandered close enough, with the wind crosswise to him so he didn't get a dose of "lavender and lilacs" from me..., and that was "all she wrote".

    I LIKE the rain, coming down as mist or having just stopped, and it being cold. Cold means deer need more calories so they must move to generate heat and to find those calories... which is why I don't take a break mid-day for lunch when hunting. ;) Rain also means my big honking feet make much less noise, and it keeps my scent down...so long as I haven't cleaned my hunting clothes with detergent......

    LD
     
  3. Dec 2, 2019 #3

    Dr5x

    Dr5x

    Dr5x

    50 Cal. MLF Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2004
    Messages:
    1,783
    Likes Received:
    340
    Location:
    GREATER ST. LOUIS COUNTY
    FTHE WORST HUNTING EXPERIENCE STORY. ACTUALLY NON HUNTING STORY WHERE THIS GENT CAVED IN AND BROUGHT HIS BRIDE WITH HIM WHO WANTED TO SEE WHAT ALL THE EXCITEMENT WAS ABOUT.HE COULDN'T GET HER TO SHUT UP. A DEER WOULD SUDDENLY WANDER OUT OF THE THICKETS AND AS HE PREPARED TO SHOOT. HIS BRIDE EXCITEDLY YELLED "THERE'S ONE WHICH CAUSED THE DEER TO VANISH. THEY HAD SEVERAL VIEWS OF CONVENIENTLYLY LOCATED DEER BUT EVERY TIMESHE COULDNT CONTAIN HERSELF.
    I AM SURE THE HUNTER HAD SOME IDEAS ABOUT WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE BEN SHOOTING.

    DUTCH
     
    TFoley and Loyalist Dave like this.
  4. Dec 3, 2019 #4

    yonderin

    yonderin

    yonderin

    36 Cal.

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2014
    Messages:
    152
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    The Shining Mountains Alberta
    Did he look at her and say "That's one"?
     
  5. Dec 3, 2019 #5

    Tom A Hawk

    Tom A Hawk

    Tom A Hawk

    45 Cal. MLF Sponsor MLF Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2006
    Messages:
    601
    Likes Received:
    370
    Location:
    Finger Lakes Region - NYS
    Lunch break at 12 degrees. Brrr...
    [​IMG]
     
    smo likes this.
  6. Dec 3, 2019 #6

    smo

    smo

    smo

    70 Cal. MLF Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    5,003
    Likes Received:
    395
    Location:
    Tn
    Great pic Tom, that’s my kinda’ hunting !

    Only thing is , is wasn’t that cold then and
    without the snow ... of course.

    259CEA3F-7627-4724-8D82-71BE35863F2C.jpeg

    4B154344-3CB1-47C0-A364-B4EDC3120E6C.jpeg

    But the results were good!
     
    hanshi and Walkingeagle like this.

Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page



arrow_white