Had a good day Thursday, the next to last day of Black Powder season. We were catching that storm that killed several people down south. The wind was blowing hard and we were hit with a few inches of rain. Having limited time off to hunt, I decided to go anyway. I laid awake all night trying to come up with a game plan. I have several stand sites on the mountain but I haven't seen many deer until right at dark. I sure didn't want to sit in a tree with the storm raging. Then I remembered the stalls! There is and old board building that used to be used for calves. It has three stalls on the back side. With the doors open, they afford a good view of a partly overgrown pasture going up the mountain side to where the planted pine thicket starts. I propped one of the doors open, stretched some camo cloth across the opening, and set up my folding chair. The rain was coming down in sheets but I was warm and dry. First shooting light was late, about 7am instead of 6:15, but as it started to get light I saw a tail flicker out by the old pear tree in the field. Thru the binoculars I could see a Doe feeding, then another, then another. I watched them until it was light enough to make sure there were no bucks around and then set up my shooting stick, picked up my Ruger 77/50, and got ready for a clear shot. As the biggest Doe stepped into an opening I fired. She went down in her tracks and the others streaked out of the field like little brown missiles! We are allowed two a day here so I stayed put and continued watching the rain fall. About 3 hours later I looked out to the corner of the planted pines where I have a tree stand and saw a buck rubbing a tree right under the stand. I knew it was at least 250 yards and I've never shot a deer at that range with a muzzle loader. The gun is sighted to zero at 200 yards so with a good rest I figured I could make it. I held a little high and fired. The buck ran about 25 yards and piled up out in the field. After waiting just a few minutes, I started out across the field to look at the buck. When I got close, a much bigger buck and two big Does ran out of the pines right behind my stand, jumped the fence, and stopped to look at me before disappearing on to the neighbors property. Oh well, now that my freezer is full, I can concentrate on finding a big buck.