way to pattern deer using the weather is to begin by keeping records of the weather
every time you head to the woods to observe, track, scout, and hunt in your favorite
part of the great outdoors. Make this part of every trip for deer and you will
be able to zero in on harvesting your next trophy.
has confirmed that weather effects wildlife in a variety of ways and whitetail
movement is not exception. While experts will occasionally disagree on it's effects,
nothing can dispute your own observations. Many will debate on which is more important:
Wind or temperature? Do deer move more on a rising or falling barometer? Do atmospheric
conditions such as rain, cloud cover, fronts or fog really matter? When looking
at weather conditions be sure and factor in the hunting pressure on your neck
of the woods as well.
type of weather condition is fairly clear as just like high temperature inhibits
our movements, high temperature inhibits deer movement as well. Low temperature
stimulates movement and activity. Remember that extremes on either end of the
temperature scale will inhibit movement and activity. Usually temperatures above
60-65 will begin to slow down movement and activity. No matter what time or day
or season. Be sure an adjust this for your area of the country. The farther north
you go the upper temperature range will slide lower. There will surely be some
cutoff temperature above which daytime whitetail movement is curtailed. This is
where your field notes will identify the "Activity Zones"
outdoorsman pay close attention to the barometric pressure as an indication of
general activity no matter what sort of game they may be after. This is the number
one one weather indictor to pay attention to and check regularly when heading
to the woods. While it can be a complicated topic, whitetails seem to favor a
moving barometer to a stationary one. A rising barometer (such as high pressure
moving in after a storm) verses a falling one and a steady high barometer verses
a steady low one seems to promote the best activity. You may want to invest in
a barometer for your deer lodge or camp so you can track your specific area verses
the one your get from the TV weather man, sometimes 100 miles or more from where
barometer in your deer camp will give you the ability to accurately anticipate
the amount of deer movement you can expected on your next hunt..
conditions such as rain or the lack of, along with the amount of nature of cloud
like rain, mist, fog, and whether you have clear skies, cloudy skies and partly
cloudy skies will again help you anticipate deer movement. The data you have collected
will help you pinpoint the fact that the grungier the sky, the better the deer
will like it, even up to but not including heavy rain. A good ground fog, with
a light misty rain provides the best of all hunting situations. This goes to show
that when you head into the woods you have the right gear for every sort of weather
condition you can expect that day.
direction matters only indirectly concerning whitetail deer movement. The given
winds velocity will affect deer movement directly. Wind speeds over 20 miles an
hour seem to slow down movement and activity. But deer where wind speeds are regularly
higher will adapt to any sort of wind conditions in order to survive. Below 20
miles and hour the speed seems to have no effect. They move as freely in a 15
mph breeze as when its dead calm.
nature of the wind is more important than the velocity. Some deer will like strong,
steady breezes and dislike gusty, direction-switching breezes because it makes
them nervous about there areas they are in. Paying attention to and recording
wind force in your area will let you know how the deer in your area react to various
will debate if the "Moon" is weather but we feel that the "Phase"
of the moon does affect whitetail behavior. It may be the light it emits, or a
gravitational pull effect, but tracking the moon
phases when you are in the woods will help you identify when you spot
movement and activity throughout the day.
database will yield information over time to which period of the open season has
the the greatest likelihood of producing the most buck sightings per hunt. It
is not surprising that the best period of activity and movement is at the peak
of the rut.
a something as simple as a notebook to get started is a great way to begin. Also
there are many good computer hunting log books available that will
cross-reference input data for you automatically as you add more and more data
over the years. Some of the good programs even combine this information with topographical
maps or aerial photos.
simple logbook/database will give you the real answers to your questions about
when deer move in your area. Your information will replace superstition, old hunters
wives tales, long standing myth, or guesswork, and provide you with the
evidence to find more trophy opportunities.