First Black Powder Hunt

I’m racking up a few deer hunting ‘firsts’ this year; a first youth deer and now my first Black Powder hunt.  Thanks again to buddy Steve to loaning me a spare .50 cal black powder rifle to join him on the last weekend of the Kansas black powder season.  After a few practice shots, we headed out to hunt a small patch of timber where the stands were situated in favorable positions for the north wind blowing Saturday afternoon.  I set up on the West side of the timber and Steve over on the East side.

A lone Tom hanging out with the group.

Except for a group of 9 turkeys about 50 yards out that entertained me for most of the afternoon, I didn’t see anything except the usual birds and occasional squirrel; and of course another beautiful Kansas sunset.










All the deer activity was happening over on the East side by Steve.  He had a small 7-point buck walk out under his stand then hang out grazing nearby and a while later, a little 6-pt came out to play.  Towards evening he saw a group of 3 does, but no ‘shooter’ bucks this trip.

A 7-point buck below the stand. 

Getting ready to spar!









I really consider myself an archery deer hunter, so I have quite a bit of season left to enjoy, but it was nice to get out and try something different.  If nothing else, this was a good warm-up for later in the season.  This fine Saturday was capped off by watching my #15 Kansas State Wildcats upset the #6 Oklahoma Sooners in a very exciting football game.  College football and deer hunting…, I love the fall. 🙂

~ Eric

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