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Old 11-13-2013, 08:39 PM
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Wish us luck.

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?
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:47 AM
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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.
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:16 PM
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Re: Wish us luck.

If I could use a rifle I would, but thats never going to happen in SE Michigan. So I am hunting with my ML tomorrow morning too. $3 for a 20 ga slug shell got old really quick and hardly shoots any better than the ML anyhow. The only benefit was having another 2 shells in the magazine. But for such limited use I could not justify keeping another gun for 2 weeks a year. So this year it got traded for a nice Savage 112 to be the basis for my 6.5x284 build.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:01 PM
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Re: Wish us luck.

There were 15,199 muzzle loader tags sold in Nebraska last year, there were around 75,000 rifle tags sold, and 15,051 archery deer tags sold.

So, it looks like around 14-15% hunt with a stick and string, 14-15% hunt with a smoke pole, and the remaining 70% hunt with a rifle.

Good luck to you guys on your hunts this weekend. Please report back and let us know how you did. I will do the same.
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:20 PM
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I was reading a report in a Cabelas sales brochure regarding ML restrictions in different states. Colorado really sucks. No scopes, no Sabots and no 209 primers... All that is going to yield is more wounded animals and more people that don't buy a tag the following year. I suppose they do have a rifle season though, so one has to pick your poison...
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Ya, one of my college buddies that comes to hunt with me during muzzle loader season lives in Commierado. Every time he goes to the range to shoot his front stuffer he gets told that it is illegal to use in that state. His basic reply is, "I know. That is why I hunt in Nebraska, but thanks for the advice." You do not even want to get me started on Commierado!!!
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:21 PM
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Ya, one of my college buddies that comes to hunt with me during muzzle loader season lives in Commierado. Every time he goes to the range to shoot his front stuffer he gets told that it is illegal to use in that state. His basic reply is, "I know. That is why I hunt in Nebraska, but thanks for the advice." You do not even want to get me started on Commierado!!!

Outstanding response........
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