Drove around the PRC a little yesterday to scout where muzzleloading hunting pressure is. Tons of people in the woods right now with late elk season also in progress. Saw a little deer sign driving around and figured out where I would hunt today.
First stop was Lance's to borrow his muzzleloader. I sent him to a spot a couple weeks ago and he got a nice 8pt with his rifle. That was pretty cool and he was grateful for the tip, and insisted I take his muzzleloader for a walk.
I still hunted a long transition between a marsh, pines and an oak ridge. 20 minutes into the hunt, a deer crossed in front of me but I wasn't able to get the gun up fast enough to get a shot. A few steps later, another passed. The woods opened up 20yds in front of me, if I could just get around a small group of pines, I'd have a shot at one. I stalked forward through the shin deep snow as quietly as I could, but 5yds before I got to the pines, the deer bolted.
I probably won't be able to get out again until the weekend after Christmas. Two tags still need to be filled.