I was lucky enough, along with one of my hunting buddies, to draw a SD muzzleloader buck tag. Only 1000 given out in the state, took us 4 years to draw. Season is open until end of year, I'll try to give you a play by play of how it goes.
Friday, day before season, set up double bull blind along river where deer like to winter. We were lucky enough to abtain permission from owner, since rifle season is over he was done hunting.
Opening morning: seen around 30 deer returning to beeding area coming back from corn field. Two of them were small bucks, also seen two coyotes, but didn't want to spook deer so let them walk.
Sat. evening: Went back to blind, spooked some does that were bedded near blind, but was plenty early so was not conserned. Getting close to sunset the deer started moving. Kept catching glimpses of a buck in the trees, but couldn't get a look at him right away, seen him a few times off and on, think he's a 5x5 with short tines. Deer started to file out of bedding area, lots of does going along the river 65 yards in front of me and some going off to my left to another corn field all offering shots of 100 yards or less. Then out steps a nice buck, he's walking in front of my coming on the trail 65 yards away, he's a 4x5 nice and tall, probably a 140's class buck,
and I let him walk by.
Not sure if I could do that again, I was calling myself name in the blind, then another buck comes out to my left, another nice 5x5, he was a little smaller than the other one so let him walk to. I seen alot of deer that night probably 70-80 or more. Nothing even looked at the blind so I knew it was still going to be good.
Sun morning: BLIZZARD
I got up and knew there was no way I was sitting in the blind today. My partner calls at 6:30 and asks what are you doing, I said just watching the hunting channel. Then he says you wouldn't want to come pull me out of the ditch would you.
So I go start the pickup and put my warm clothes on and off to the rescue. It was -8 degrees with a 30-40mph wind, not nice at all. We went to another farmers place and sat in the hay loft of his barn overlooking his shelterbelt. We seen around 20 does and fawns and on fair 4x4.
Sun Evening: went back to hay loft, seen same deer, no shooters.
I plan on gettin off early and walk down to my blind. Not sure if it will still be there on if it is even in one piece after the blizzard. I'll give a report on that tommorrow.