SMOKE ’EM OUT
Arkansas resident Mike Yancey doesn’t just believe in the adage about how some hunters will advance through five phases during their hunting careers— he’s living them.
Yancey has killed plenty of deer, and he went through the trophy phase. Now it’s all about method. The result: He’s having more fun than ever.
“I started hunting primarily with primitive muzzleloaders. While they’re deadly weapons, they’re far more intricate than modern rifles. It’s not as easy as bolting a cartridge into the chamber,” he says. “The excitement I experience when I hunt with a primitive muzzleloader is comparable to the excitement I experienced when I first started hunting.” —D.M. the tools
Yancey uses a .54-caliber Lancaster-style flintlock with open sights that he assembled. He charges the rifle with 85 grains of loose Goex FFG black powder. His patch is made from pillow ticking that’s soaked in olive oil to aid in loading. He casts his own lead balls, which weigh 224 grains each.