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Post #1  Post subject: Deer Movement in Relation to Temperatures and Dew Points
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:15 am 
Outdoor Life contributor and whitetail-weather aficionado James Nelson has been studying deer movement and weather for years and it’s worth noting some of his observations—especially during the early season:

“After years of studying Boone and Crockett harvest data, I've been able to pattern certain trends in temperature and deer activity,” he says. “Regardless of the region you hunt or time of year, here are some interesting facts about how temperature affects deer activity...

1. If your forecasted temperature is 5 to 10 degrees below your historical average, deer activity will increase by 30 to 55 percent.

2. There are dry temperatures and wet temperatures. Deer prefer humidity between 40 and 50 percent. If it’s 70 degrees out and the humidity is 70 percent, there won’t be much daylight activity even if you’re 5 degrees below average temperature as stated above.

3. Watch your morning and evening temperatures in conjunction with the dew point. If they’re within three degrees or less of each other, records show a harvest increase and activity spikes.

4. In early season, you will see scrape activity begin or increase on days that have lows in the 40-degree range or less for three or more consecutive days.

5. Days after two or more consecutive hard frosts (27 degrees or lower) will see an increase in feeding and browsing, especially on food plots.

6. Watch your weather forecast temperatures. If you see a quick rise in temperature forecast (10 degrees or more in 24 hours), hunt the afternoon and evening before the increase. There's a good chance a front is passing and the barometer is rising.

7. Logic tells us that on warm days it's better to hunt cover areas, closer to bedding and water sources. On cool days, hunt food sources, transition zones, and scrape and rub lines.

If you’re looking for an edge this early season, keep an eye out for cold fronts. Then do whatever you need to do to get out and hunt one of your best spots when it hits. It’s important to note that the temperature itself isn’t as important as the change in temperature. I’ve found that a drop of about 10 degrees from the previous days high is enough to trigger a cold front movement pattern. This increased movement will typically continue into the day after the front hits as well.

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Post #2  Post subject: Re: Deer Movement in Relation to Temperatures and Dew Points
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 11:36 am 
WW wrote:
Outdoor Life contributor and whitetail-weather aficionado James Nelson has been studying deer movement and weather for years and it’s worth noting some of his observations—especially during the early season:

“After years of studying Boone and Crockett harvest data, I've been able to pattern certain trends in temperature and deer activity,” he says. “Regardless of the region you hunt or time of year, here are some interesting facts about how temperature affects deer activity...

1. If your forecasted temperature is 5 to 10 degrees below your historical average, deer activity will increase by 30 to 55 percent.

2. There are dry temperatures and wet temperatures. Deer prefer humidity between 40 and 50 percent. If it’s 70 degrees out and the humidity is 70 percent, there won’t be much daylight activity even if you’re 5 degrees below average temperature as stated above.

3. Watch your morning and evening temperatures in conjunction with the dew point. If they’re within three degrees or less of each other, records show a harvest increase and activity spikes.

4. In early season, you will see scrape activity begin or increase on days that have lows in the 40-degree range or less for three or more consecutive days.

5. Days after two or more consecutive hard frosts (27 degrees or lower) will see an increase in feeding and browsing, especially on food plots.

6. Watch your weather forecast temperatures. If you see a quick rise in temperature forecast (10 degrees or more in 24 hours), hunt the afternoon and evening before the increase. There's a good chance a front is passing and the barometer is rising.

7. Logic tells us that on warm days it's better to hunt cover areas, closer to bedding and water sources. On cool days, hunt food sources, transition zones, and scrape and rub lines.

If you’re looking for an edge this early season, keep an eye out for cold fronts. Then do whatever you need to do to get out and hunt one of your best spots when it hits. It’s important to note that the temperature itself isn’t as important as the change in temperature. I’ve found that a drop of about 10 degrees from the previous days high is enough to trigger a cold front movement pattern. This increased movement will typically continue into the day after the front hits as well.

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So Friday and Sat look like the days to hunt this week, that's great because I had planned to hunt those days. We will see how this works


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Post #3  Post subject: Re: Deer Movement in Relation to Temperatures and Dew Points
PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:59 pm 
Wednesday too I am thinking. I am going to cheat and go every day in case the deer try to slip one by me. :happy0035:


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Post #4  Post subject: Re: Deer Movement in Relation to Temperatures and Dew Points
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twodog wrote:
I am going to cheat and go every day in case the deer try to slip one by me. :happy0035:


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Post #5  Post subject: Re: Deer Movement in Relation to Temperatures and Dew Points
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Post #6  Post subject: Re: Deer Movement in Relation to Temperatures and Dew Points
PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:30 pm 
Lots of scrape activity on my place, Adam facetimed me the other afternoon when he was putting corn out he found some

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