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Muzzleloader success stories

December 14, 2008 at 08:31 AM

Muzzleloader season has gained in popularity over the years, as more and more Illinois deer hunters turn to the accurate, long-shooting blackpowder guns.

But while they shoot a longer distance than a shotgun, they still allow you only one shot before you have to reload.

Even so, there are a few hunters each year who bag big bucks during the muzzleloader-only season. Here are a few such stories from this weekend.

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The picture above is of Rob Hilsabeck of Edelstein, who shot this Peoria County 9-pointer Saturday morning. He called the buck “Ugly 9” because it had a gash across its snout and a hole in one ear. Rob figures the buck may have survived a shotgun blast last season, since the wounds were there in trail-cam photos all summer.

No question this is one tough buck. So tough that it took Hilsabeck eight shots with his muzzleloader to down the beast today. Yep, eight shots. All taken within 80 yards of the stand from which he hunted. How a hunter could reload that many times and still have another shot is a tale for another day.

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Kirk Vollmer made up for a rough deer season during a deer drive Friday morning (Dec. 12, 2008) in Knox County.

Vollmer said he had passed on several mature deer this year, only to find out they were shot on neighboring propertiers. “Oh well, that’s hunting,” Vollmer said.

Friends Chad, Brian and Josh joined him in a deer drive that pushed a deer his way. Here’s Kirk’s account. “I saw what I was looking for at 175 yards out. A big mature heavy massed 10 pointer standing ready to bolt across the old haulage road. The only thing he left me for a shot was the head and neck and part of the front shoulder all else was in the heavy brush. I put the TC Pro Hunter on him and squeezed it off. I thought I saw it fall through the scope, but wasn’t sure. Chad Jordan the pusher emerged 15 yards my direction from it but never saw it until we both walked back up the road and he laid where I had shot him.”

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Also in Knox County, Bob Cook shot this buck on Friday morning at 6:50 a.m.

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boy that vollmer guy sure knows how to put them down. wasnt it him that killed a 196 a couple years ago that took top honors at the deer and turkey classic for muzzelloader? very nice buck kirk, very happy to see you got one out there after all. keep up the good work buddy!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/14 at 08:21 AM

Deer drive!  Nice!  Guess it’s better than Lampe’s article about the killmonger who shot 15 deer.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/18 at 11:40 AM

Andy, last time I checked deer drives were legal. Get over it.  Let me see, your an elitist who beleives there is no other way to kill deer than sit in a tree stand, driving deer is not my choice but they do have the right. Enough said

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/18 at 09:53 PM

By the way, I know two of these guys and they have killed some giants with a bow too.  So driving isn’t their only means of hunting.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/18 at 09:56 PM

Dear Andy this was the first time I ever used a deer push to get a deer moving. I have hunted this buck all year and it was now or never. And all of my deer have come without the use of drives or pushes, including one booner and 5 pope and young. So I agree with illinoisbowhunter, Get over it!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/21 at 11:35 AM

Nice buck Kirk!  It doesn’t matter where you go - there’s always at least one like Andy in the crowd.  Maybe it’s jealousy?  Maybe they are smarter than everyone else and should rule the world. LOL.  Either way nice buck.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/22 at 10:19 AM

Come on Kirk a deer drive and to shoot it at a mere 175 yds with a muzzleloader why didnt you let it get out to 200yds so it would have a chance just kidding that is a nice buck awesome shot do you shoot pellets or powder I hunt knox saw lots of big deer early but nothing 2nd season or muzzleloader of course 45mph winds had a little to do with it Those knox county bucks sure like those haulage roads and spoils great job

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/23 at 08:11 AM

Thanks hunter it was 150 grains of pellets and a 250 grain shockwave. Yeah it’s only a mere 2 football fields LoL. Thanks

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