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and how they afect deer activity and movment. we all know that a still quiet cold moring is the best wether we could ask for as hunters. but how do other conditions afect deer? for example rain. are they more likely to stay bedded down if it is sprinkeling, how about a steady rain, or if its pooring? wind: are they more or less likely to be moving around with a slite brezz, how about ano a day with strong wind gust? how should we as hunters atempt to fill our tags on days with some of these wether conditions? when is it best to just stay home. i know i dont want to hunt on a day that is 20 degrees pooring and windy as hell.
 

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Personally I have seen Deer moving in every weather condition possible, the only thing I can say about weather and deer is, I think High winds and Heavy rains are the 2 conditions that should keep you indoors and not worry about missing anything in the woods.

Whether it's light to medium rain, light snow falling or Blizzard like conditions, 90 degree or 20 below 0, I think anytime is a good time to hunt unless there's High wind or Heavy Rains.

hope this helps.
 

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the thing that inspired this post was, today it was verry windy so i figured stand hunting would be pointless so i did some still hunting in hopes to find one that way.
 

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Well you did what i would do. If you're going to hunt in high winds the best thing to do is walk very slowly and keep the wind in your face, I take 3 or 4 slow steps and scan the woods I don't move further until I know it's safe to move, then another 3 or 4 steps and scan again and I keep repeating that until I can spot Deer. I think that may be my best bet to seeing deer in high winds.
 
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i've seen good deer movment in heavy winds, this may not be normal but i've seen it. heavy rain on the other hand, not so much. maybe because i don't go out in it with one exception. I'll watch the radar and if the rain looks to be breaking real soon, i will get to stand, near food, and bare it. deer, most all animals, will feed heavy prior to bad weather and just as it breaks up.
 

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I think that windy conditions and heavy rain deter the deer movement. I don't venture out looking for deer much during the windy days because I almost got blasted in the head by a huge falling branch one time.
 

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man i gota like tonights forcast. we have only had a few nights drop blow the freezing point, and just barley. tonight its gona get down to 24 degrees, have only 2% sky cover and a 1 mph breez. id be a fool not to go out tomorow morning.
 
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I had a deer go by at 30 yards at 10 mins of 6 this morning and just walk on by not scared or nothing, just to early for shots. had i been much later than i was i would have booted this deer. right now things are golden. this is the new stand i set yesterday mainly for this evening. right where the pics of that fat fatty were taken. honey do list now but i'll be in the tree by 2:30. 3:00 or 3:30 is suppose to be peak movement today.
 

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i dont know what i am doing wrong. iv been getting out there. the spot had plenty of sighn. im using calls, but verry sparingly. iv not realy seen much hunting preshure. i just dont get it.:wallbash:
 
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back on subject. yea when the trees are dropping its unnerving. I use the wind to hunt. yup, a still hunt may be the best choice for a couple reasons. one you can get away with a little more movement, strong winds are typically steady in direction, you get to scout. When I say I use the wind, i use it to tell me where to hunt. the leeward side of hills, tight bottoms, wait I mean low lying areas that are more protected from the winds. I also think about a wind break, a stand of low hanging soft woods. i think about the direction of the wind the leeward side of the wind break near the edge for visibility. better yet those areas that have 10 to 20 foot hemlock right to the ground spaced out about 15 feet apart with big oaks growing in amogst them. the deer are still there. they aren't in caves, although some soft wood stands are like caves. deer get nervous in wind and end up moving from here to there cause they may be scared here and think its safer over there. just the way i see it
 

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I really dont think you need the calls,, just be patient, the calls may be busting you....
it's a great day out there today, after lunch (if you can stand the weather that long) get back out there because
like ronn said today is supposed to be a "PEAK" day for deer moving about... Good Luck
 
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i dont know what i am doing wrong. iv been getting out there. the spot had plenty of sighn. im using calls, but verry sparingly. iv not realy seen much hunting preshure. i just dont get it.:wallbash:
don't know. if you can see real well so can the deer. thats one reason i climb high. the wind direction? being seen? being heard? they may just be elsewhere feeding on what is now avalible over there. who knows?
 
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I really dont think you need the calls,, just be patient, the calls may be busting you....
it's a great day out there today, after lunch (if you can stand the weather that long) get back out there because
like ronn said today is supposed to be a "PEAK" day for deer moving about... Good Luck
thats true. being around concord the deer may get called at all the time. lots of hunters in them woods down there.
 

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not alot of visability. im near the top of a ridge, 16 ft up in the tree, very wel concealed by evergreens that suround the tree im in. wind in my face. wereing scent lock. spraying with sent killer. i just dont know. the wife and kids are sick so i cant be out there all day but iv been getting out for about 2 hours each morning and evening.
 

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I'm havin same luck bud its sunny was cool early this morn seen ton of tracks there's a rub close to my stand a pond n creek maybe 200 yards north east where my stand is food sources to south about 200 yards I can see paths through the field where grass has been worn down from movement just not seein the deer o and wind has been n my facr 85% of the time this morn
 

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I'd stick with the spot that's showing you the most sign/activity.
 
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