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1wallhanger and I headed North to the farm opening weekend for a muzzleloader hunt. There was just a dusting of snow on the ground Sunday afternoon when we arrived, and had high hopes of seeing some deer movement. I'm guessing it was about 1:30 in the afternoon when we pulled in the drive and devised a plan to drive the deer on the south half of the property, then plan a sit near the creek bottom to the North for an evening hunt. We got our gear together and parted. I don't think I walked 200 yards around a small woodlot and saw a bedded doe not 75 yards as the crow flies from where we parked the truck. I had shot the muzzleloader several times, but never have attempted to take a deer with it. I raised it up, pulled back the hammer, and let the smoke fly. A second later a doe was down, and 4 others unseen took off. I'm guessing it was about 1:40 or so...not a bad start to the weekend, and we were only 10 minutes into the hunt. We hunted that evening with little activity. I pushed off a doe while walking to one of the stands. Monday we sat the same creek bottom, and 1wallhanger saw a couple of them at a distance with no shot. Movement was pretty slow, so we decided to try another deer drive on the south. This time we traded places. I saw 3 deer and a coyote run down the opposite side of the property, with no shot opportunity. As we were discussing what we saw, another deer ran across the ridge we had just walked over. We put a memory card back in one of the game cameras and walked back up the hill where both the truck was parked, and the deer that we saw run the ridge was headed. We decided to try another mini-drive just to see if lady luck would shine again. I walked about 50 yards from where we parted and saw a deer standing in the driveway to the farm as I peeked around the corner of an old trailer. I ended up ducking back behind the trailer, and pulling back the hammer, then slowly peeked back to see if I could get a bead on the doe, but she was gone. I think I made about 2 more steps, and heard 1wallhanger shoot. He made a good shot and we had doe #2 down. We ended up hunting that evening, but the only deer to show up was a button in front of 1wallhanger, and he saw a few turkeys. All in all, it was a fun hunt. Sorry, I violated the man rule #1, and don't have any pictures. We came home with plenty of meat and a hornets nest as a bonus, but that's another story in itself.