This hunter either forgot to load a projectile in his muzzleloader or this deer is actually bulletproof. If you’ve never seen a hunter take a super-close shot at a deer, “hit” it, and have the animal run off fine as rain, you’re about to.
In this video, Drury Outdoors team member Rod Owen has the good fortune to get a buck come within 10 yards in a 2012 hunt. Owen takes up his muzzleloader and makes what should have been a perfect shot. However, what comes out of the end of the barrel looks more like a fireworks display than a bullet. In fact, you can see what appears to be smoking powder pellets bounce right of the deer.
What happened? Odds are that Owen simply forgot to load a bullet. In defense of “Roman Candle” Rod, however, the hunter later said that it had been many years since he hunted deer with a gun. Owen is an avid bowhunter and currently holds over 20 Pope and Young-rated bucks, along with two county records.