Blaine’s SK Muzzleloader Hunt (Oct. 24-26th, 2011):
Day 1: We got in our ground blind over-looking baited site before daylight and sat for 11 hrs straight. Temps. were in the low 20s. No snow. Saw several small 2.5 yrs old 8-pt bucks and some does. Deer activity was rather slow the first day.
Day 2: Changed stand locations. Temps were in upper 20s. Once again, we sat in ground blind all day. We saw several 1.5 and 2.5 yr old bucks and does. Our guide checked his Reconyx cameras and found several nice bucks hitting his baited sites regularly at new stand location. Sitting in the blind all-day can test you mentally and physically. That is one of the downsides of hunting in Saskatchewan.
Day 3: Morning temp. was in lower 20s. Highs in the mid-30s. Got about 2" of snow overnight. Winds changed so we moved to new stand location deeper into forest. Right after daylight, we saw several young 8-pts appear from the thick forest. Then about 1 hour later, we had a very old, huge (dark-horned) 9-pt buck come in and run off the smaller bucks. I decided to pass on this big 9pt. Soon thereafter, I heard a loud scraping noise behind our stand. I slowly looked to see a super wide 12-point buck thrashing a 6" diameter tree about 75 yds behind us. After about 6-7 minutes of rubbing and thrashing trees, this big 12-point came into one of my shooting lanes. I put the crosshairs of my Tradition 50-cal. Vortek on his chest and pulled the trigger. The 250-grain Traditions Smackdown bullet hit its mark. I watched the big buck pile up about 75 yds away. I yelled my signature phrase "Chester is dead" and the celebration began!!! Once again, I was surprised at the body size and mass on these Saskatchewan bucks.