I think (for Arkansas, at least) the time has come to eliminate the muzzle loading season.
MS. pretty much has. You can use breech loading cartridge rifles with smokeless powder and scopes. The only stipulations are the rifle has to be a single shot and have an external hammer and be a design that was in use before 1899 and fire a bullet .35 or larger. The H&R Handi Rifle fits the bill in 35 Whelen and a multitude of other calibers.