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the October woods without first heading
to the range to zero it prior to the season.
PREPARED TO PERFORM
Weather also can be a factor in October.
I have experienced everything from T-shirt
conditions to snowfall, and you normally
can expect rain sometime during the week.
To fend off rain or snow, place a piece of
electrical tape across the barrel. Otherwise
it could be tough to keep moisture from
running down the barrel, especially when
you're moving. But keep in mind, too, that
blackpowder can draw in moisture, even if
a round is in the barrel and a cap is in the
breech. Even without rain or snow, there's
a chance moisture can build simply from
moving your gun from your home to your
vehicle to the woods and back in varied
temperatures. This even can affect today's
blackpowder substitutes.
To steer clear of moisture-caused misfires,
don't load your gun until you arrive
at your hunting location.
Before loading, I like to run a dry patch
down the barrel, then pop off a primer or
two to clear anything that might remain.
I then load the charge and put a primer in
place. If the gun still has a charge in it after
a day of hunting, I take it down and remove
the powder and ball so that I can repeat my
process on the next hunt. It sounds like a
pain, but it goes a long way to ensure your
gun performs well when you need it.
HUNTING HOTSPOTS
As for when to hunt, early morning and
late afternoon typically are more productive.
Hunt the edges of known bedding areas for
both deer and bear in the mornings, and
get there well before daybreak. Depending
upon hunting pressure, moon phase and
weather, deer might be returning to beds
early, and you might need to be in place at
The joy of hunting in October undoubtedly
is one of the reasons the early muzzleloader
season for antlerless deer is so popular. Now
that bears can be hunted in this week, too,
there's all the more incentive to get out there.
Hunting midday hours around heavy cover
could put you next to a deer or bear. Or turn
your focus - with permission, of course - to
an unpicked cornfield like the one where the
author's son, Eric, shot an inline doe in 2020.
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