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I have never done this before but this year, I saw a beautiful buck on camera prior to the season and decided to exclusively hunt him this year. Needless to say, it was way harder than I expected, and he consistently gave me the slip for the last 3 months. On Christmas night, the weather was perfect, and his belly was empty and he made it into the field just before shooting light ended. He started off out of range and behind some branches but with a few minutes left he worked his way into the open and at 150 yards, I let the 250 grain, SST fly out of the TC Muzzleloader. He took off out of the field and we couldn't find any blood at all. My 9-year-old son, who is going to be a much better hunter than me, was looking for blood in the woods and jumped a deer out of a NASTY briar thicket. He had the instinct to go over and check and found a few drops of blood. I felt like he had to be hit hard for him to let us get that close, but the total lack of blood had me worried. When he was jumped, he ran to his bedding area which was a thick, nasty creek bottom. Since the temps were in the single digits, we backed out to give him the night and went back in the morning. We started looking in the morning and he was dead as a doornail 100 yards from where we jumped him. It was a great shot and he obviously died quickly. While I am tickled pink with him, I don't know if my heart can take any more bloodless trails and sleepless nights next year so I may have to look into a new muzzleloader bullet!