Muzzleloader Hunting

Recent Muzzleloader Hunting Gear Reviews

In the last 20 years or so there have been a lot of changes in muzzleloading rifles. They took...
Finding that just right combination of a specific powder...charge...sabot...bullet... and the...
Mike Waddell says Thompson Center's new .50 Cal. Triumph Bone Collector is, "the baddest...
Recently I was given a sample of a new muzzleloading propellant, Blackhorn 209 to test out....

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Sunday - June 28, 2015


Effective July 1, the outdoorsmen of the Commonwealth of Virginia will no longer be able to use any scent attractants that are based on or utilize any formulation of deer urine.

Monday - April 13, 2015



This week officials in the Sunshine State will be closer to deciding whether Florida will have its first open season on black bears in 21 years.

Friday - June 21, 2013

The state of Maine has announced the winners of their moose permits!

You can check results here:

4110 people drew Maine moose tags in 2013 out of 52,000 applicants. 10% are set aside for non-residents of Maine and God is good - after 10 years of applying I drew a cow tag for zone 4 in November! woo hoo!

New Hampshire also released their moose permit winner information:

There were only 275 moose permits issued in NH, but there are also alternates who might just get a permit.

Tuesday - July 17, 2012

Where is the best place to take a trophy bull elk? It’s the same question that is on the minds of every hunter hitting the elk country this year. Everyone has their honey hole, and their opinion of what state or location has the best and the biggest elk. If you check the record books, there are a few places that stand out time after time for producing some giant bulls.

Tuesday - June 5, 2012

The old saying is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Well – there is more than one way to dress a turkey. Some folks just pull the breasts off and leave the rest of the bird for the coyotes, but that seems wasteful to me. When we roast a whole turkey whether it is a Butterball or wild bird, the breasts make the main course of at least one meal and most of the remaining meat gets used for turkey sandwiches the next day while the bones are stewed into stock for future use as turkey soup.

Monday - June 4, 2012

Sitting Bull is famously quoted as saying "I will remain what I am until I die, a hunter, and when there are no buffalo or other game I will send my children to hunt and live on prairie mice.

If you are a hunter, you know exactly what he meant.  Peter Hathaway Capstick reasoned that there is biological proof that humans evolved as hunters.  He explained herbivores (prey animals) have eyes on opposite sides of their head to better watch against danger.  But all hunting mammals have forward facing eyes with which we focus on the prey ahead while stalking and pursuing them when they flee.

Our lives would be incomplete without the hunt.  Yet there are times when the hunt must pause.  Game laws and closed seasons protect against over hunting.  New York’s spring turkey season ended yesterday.  It is a long wait until the September goose season and even longer until we can pursue cotton tails and white tails in the fall.  I used to find this wait almost unbearable.  I would feel frustration seeing deer casually browsing in the summer fields.  I filled my evenings with reading about other’s hunts and longing for a chance to get back in the field.  

Tuesday - December 6, 2011

When I write about special hunts and draw odds, I’m usually focused on rifle hunts.  I vastly prefer to use my rifles over any other weapon as they are more interesting to me than archery and muzzleloading equipment, but in reality I use all three weapons.  However, I do not hunt with primitive weapons solely for the challenge, the only reason I’ll pick one up is to expand my hunting options. 

Saturday - September 3, 2011

A few weeks ago we took a look at Powerbelt muzzleloading bullets and for this review we thought we would take a look at another popular non-sabot muzzleloader bullet: the Hornady FPB. Hornady has been designing ammo, bullets, and muzzleloader supplies (such as the Great Plains series of lead conical bullets) for a long time and the FPB offers a unique design.

Thursday - August 18, 2011

Thompson Center Arms (T/C) is perhaps best known for their muzzleloader rifles and accessories. Among their blackpowder offerings, perhaps there most lasting design has been the T/C Omega. For this review we'll be taking a look at the Omega in a stainless, synthetic stock configuration.

Sunday - August 7, 2011

One of the simplest, but most important tasks of muzzleloading is reproducibly measuring out a set charge of muzzleloading propellant. Over the years there have been a variety of powder measure designs with some manufacturers even offering preformed powder pellets that can simply be dropped into your smoke pole with a minimal amount of fuss. However some states disallow the use of preformed charges during muzzleloader season thus leaving the need to reproducibly measure out a black powder charge. For this review we'll take a look at three different powder measures offered by Thompson Center Arms.

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