Deer Hunting: Weekend Weather Report for Country's Most Popular Spots

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Deer Hunting: Weekend Weather Report for Country's Most Popular Spots
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Any expert deer hunter knows that weather plays a huge role in the success they have out in the woods.

Many beginning hunters don't realize how big of a role the weather plays in the movement of deer, but these animals are very picky in deciding when to come out and play.

It should be obvious to everyone that cold weather is the best for deer hunting, but some believe that deer like to be active when the weather is warmer. That is simply not true, as they would rather sleep during the day and awake at night, when it is cooler.

Rain is another deciding factor in whether or not the deer come out. If there is a torrential downpour, the deer will generally remain where they are until the rain slows.

Cold days are the best for hunting, and nearly every avid hunter will tell you that. Waking up at three a.m. and hitting the woods on a negative 20 degree day, is one of the joys of hunting.

However, the best day for hunting is a cold day with a slight rain. This is generally a common time for deer to be on the move, and an expert hunter can really capitalize with multiple kills in one day.

Every hunter has also heard the old wives' tales about how deer don't move when it's windy, but this is more myth than fact. If the winds are ferocious and the deer have a difficult time standing, that may hold true. However, wind gusts generally don't keep the deer from moving.

Another essential time to hit the woods is immediately before and after a storm. Deer have a good sense of anticipating bad weather, so they look to get to a safe location immediately before the storm, and move out of that location immediately after the storm.

Pick and choose your spots to hunt wisely, as the weather has a huge impact on just how many deer will cross your path.

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