Originally Posted by ENCORE
Michigan's deer season gets under way this Friday, Nov. 15th.
Michigan in 2012 had approximately 660,000 deer hunters and the use of a muzzleloader as a primary firearm is growing. I placed a poll in one of the deer hunting forums, asking what weapon hunters would hit the woods and fields with this year in our REGULAR FIREARMS SEASON.
With close to 350 respondents today, 24% of the hunters will be using the muzzleloader as their primary firearm for opening day
. That my fellow shooters is a substancal amount. These hunters could have used a handgun, centerfire, shotgun or a bow.
How's the other states faring?
I do not have any statistics to back me up, but in Nebraska it seems like most hunters use centerfire rifles as their primary means of hunting deer. I know it gets crazy busy around here starting on Sauturday the 16th, which is opening day for rifle season. The season runs through the 24th this year. There is also a late rifle season during the first two weeks of January, but that is antlerless only. I usually finish up any doe tags I have remaining during this time.
We have a lot of hunters who like to set in tree stands near the rivers with bows. Our Archery season runs from September 15-December 31. Up in the Sandhills, where I live, there are very few bow hunters. In my community there are only 4 of us who do it, which leaves a lot of country to be covered, and a lot of deer to be seen. Landowners generally do not care if we hunt with a bow, because the probability of success is low, so trespassing rights abound
Muzzleloader season is very similar to archery season. It is a longer season (entire month of December), and there are only about 8 guys who hunt with a smoke pole around here. The rifle season is over, so again it is easier to get access to hunting ground. Definitely my favorite season, by a long ways!
Again, this is only my local area, so I cannot say what the actual numbers are for the entire state. I may look that information up and report back.