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condensate around the metal pan, so it's
wise to change pan powder often.
Using a dry pan brush is better than
using your fingers, which might transfer
oils from your skin, or blowing it away,
which invites moisture from your breath.
A toothbrush works great for this and is
inexpensive to replace when necessary.

SCREWDRIVER
It's a good idea to carry a flathead
screwdriver for in-the-field adjustments
to your flint when necessary. Perhaps you
fall and bump the hammer out of alignment or you're not getting adequate spark.
The screwdriver makes it an easy job to
push out the stock pin and remove a barrel
to safely adjust the jaw screw and flint.

SANDWICH BAG

A sandwich bag might not sound very
essential, but it provides the perfect cover
for the hammer, pan and frizzen when it's
wet outside. I often will slide a rubber
band over the stock and use it to hold the
bag in place over the action. If I need to
take a shot, the bag is easy enough to slide
out of the way quickly to cock my rifle.

MISCELLANEOUS

While not absolutely necessary, it's
always wise to have a few extras on hand.

I carry along a brass powder-measure, just
in case one of my hunting pals or I run
out of speed-loads on an action-packed
hunt. Two small prescription medicine
containers house limited quantities of both
types of powder I would need, and an old
snuff can holds several roundballs, plus
a spare baggie of lubricated patches. A
replacement package of quality English
flints provides added insurance of getting
a spark if my original fails.

PARTING SHOTS
While the deer I pushed out earlier
in the hunt never went to my hunting
buddies, the challenge of late-season
flintlock hunting - especially when
paired with winter weather and close
deer encounters - proved just as thrilling as always.
When this particularly wet hunt came
to a close, and it was time for us to safely
discharge our rifles in preparation for a
thorough cleaning, I wasn't at all surprised
that mine went off on the first try.
Preparedness promotes success afield.
That's why I carry my flintlock essentials.
They keep me in the game, not running
to the truck or home for something I didn't
have along when I needed it the most - in
the middle of a hunt!

HARD IMAGINE
TO

Hunting public land in Tioga County in October, Cory Gulvas, of
Wellsboro, connected with an absolute mountain giant, capping
off a story that's worth telling many times over. What's the most
incredible part? The sheer size of the buck's rack? The fact Cory had
hunted him for three years and found his left side sheds the past
two? That the buck was shot with a recurve bow, at 18 yards? See
the January Game News for the full story and decide for yourself.

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