Muzzleloader. Black Powder Gun. These names apply to the type of firearm that can be used during the week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season that begins Saturday, Oct. 13.
During the 2011 primitive weapons season, more than 50,000 deer hunters harvested slightly more than 14,000 deer using a primitive weapon. This harvest rate has increased slightly over the past few seasons, although the number of hunters taking part in the season has remained relatively stable.