“On December 4th using my brother’s 50 cal. tradition muzzle-loader, I decided to hunt at my neighbour’s farm. That morning as I was walking to my watch I noticed a large deer in a corn stubble field. The deer was a long distance from me eating corn. It made its way to a cedar bluff and disappeared out of sight. I ran down toward my watch hoping to cut the deer off if he decided to come out.
Before I made it to my watch the buck crossed ahead of me and headed into a swampy area, cattails and long grass. I figured he was gone…
Just then I could see large antlers over the grass as the buck turned and came back out of the slash. When I could get a good shot, I shot.
After the black smoke cleared I could see the buck running toward the swamp and then he fell in the high grass and slash.
I reloaded my gun and watched to see if he was getting up. I radioed my hunting partner Rick Todd and he came over from his watch to help me field dress the buck and bring him out.
I have been successful hunting with the rifle and shotgun, but this was my first deer with the black powder.
It was a hunting moment I will never forget.”
Thanks to Barry Scollan for sharing with us the story and photos of his magnificent buck.