First day of Muzzleloader, Chase and I hit the woods to see if we could take the early opportunity to put some venison in the freezer. After about 45 minutes or so, Chase does his normal routine, as seen here.
No problem just the snores, I have to nudge him on occasion. ZZZZZZZZ
But anyway, if you look directly past him, you see the bank drops off slightly. You can't see it, but there is a funnel trail at the bottom and a small stream. Along comes a deer and what does Chase do? Decides this is the moment he is going to awake and start moving. So I reach over and hold his jacket down to let him know that something is going on. The deer presents a shot....I aim.....great broadside, perfect.....puff... the gun makes a pretty weak smoke and a fireworks roman candle display dumping the bullet out the end and the deer just bounces away. Talk about discouraging and frustrating, C'MON! Really?... By this time, Chase is sitting up wondering what the heck just happened. I explained to him that the gun misfired and we lost our opportunity this after noon. While talking, we remained quite and reloaded, just in case. Ten minutes passed and the same deer comes walking back up the trail! What? This time I took aim and the gun came to life (as it should have the first time) and the shot was perfectly on the mark. The deer ended up right behind us on top of the hill about 10 yards away. Couldn't have asked for better once things went right. Got our start to the season, put some beautiful meat in the freezer, off to plan our next outing. I am not sure anyone would believe that we got that second chance, but I have a witness.....:)
Thank you for reading. Enjoy the outdoors with someone you love, and bring a kid. Even if they do sleep on every hunt!