Yes, we have a special season for any muzzleloader (trad or inline) after req season, for bow we have a month and a half before reg season and also couple weeks after season.
No, my closest to taking a safe shot with the bow was 2 years ago, afternoon, after taking that picture above in the am, when my hunting buddy was a 100 yards or so from me and he had 2 bucks chasing a doe (early season) jump right over him with no chance of a shot. I heard them coming and they became aware of me. The smaller buck was off to my right in brush, the larger (big) one right in front of me, say 25 yards, staring at me down HEAD on.
Number 1, I did not feel I had a good enough shot with him head on. His head was down, (I don't feel comfortable with a front chest shot) he was snorting and stomping his front feet.
Which brings up Number 2, he was actually scaring me, I though for sure he was going to charge. With a gun, he would have been my biggest, with a bow I was just trying to figure an escape route if needed.
My biggest so far was with a Ruger Bisley in 45 Long Colt (which I wish I still had) which at that time I was reloading. These were reloads you could not fire out of a weaker Single Action 45LC. ( I can shoot them out of my present, a Ruger Vaquero) .. Long story short, nice chest shot a 20 yards that put him right down and out, like I like it. All my rest were with a rifle.