A doe standing still and broadside at a distance of 25 yards would seem like an easy target on the last day of West Virginia's muzzleloader season. But not when the trigger is pulled and the only sound is a light "snick."
Over the years, I have committed many snafus during Virginia and West Virginia's muzzleloader seasons, and today was just my latest miscue. There was the time when snow had somehow leaked into the barrel, the time the cap was slightly misshapen and caused the gun not to fire, and the time I had not seated the bullet properly.
Today, the problem, as I found out later, was that the powder had somehow become moist. I cleaned out the gun, put in fresh powder, and test fired, and the results were satisfactory. It's too late to do anything about my West Virginia misadventure, but I will be afield this evening in Virginia to try again.