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Weather, Barometer

Weather Conditions:

1. Deer are a lot like human beings in this respect. Weather will dictate what routine a deer wil do, or not do. The philosophy is this, high barometer=good hunting. Low barometer= poor hunting. High barometer predicts fair weather. Low barometer indicates bad weather.

2."Stand or still" hunt after a storm?

3.During storms out among the dense cover you stand a good chance of jumping a buck from his bed.

4.The more severe the incoming storm, the more concentrated and heavy deer movement becomes, and easier predictability is the hunter's job. Right after a storm is also a good time.

5.If you hunt during a storm always look for anything that can offer the buck protection from the elements. Heavy brush on the leeward side of a hill or ridge are often good spots.

Notes: Immediatly after a severe storm get back on your stand to catch the buck moving out to make up for lost feeding time. In fact you should head for the primary feeding area before the storm is abated if you can predict it close enough.

Barometer Readings

1.If the moon rises late but is still visable in the morning light deer will be very active.

2.If it rises early before night fall, the opposite is true. Deer don't like to move much if there is a full moon, even if the moon is obscured by a heavy overcast.

3.Deer feed before and after a severe winter storm, they feed later in the morning and start again in the afternoon. And often feed all day before and after an especially severe storm.

Notes: If at all possible still hunt after snowy or wet weather.

5.If the barometer drops rapidly, a severe rain or snow along with high winds will arrive within 12 to 24 hours.

6.Normally lasts about 36 hours followed by clearing and cold. A barometer pressure reading of 29.8 or below that rises rapidly indicates a severe gale and heavy rain or snow. Otherwise a rising barometer means fair weather and/or cooler temperatures.

7.A slowly falling barometer means a mild rain or snow within several days.

8.You can also watch small wildlife behavior to predict the approach of severe storms. Squirrels, rabbits and birds will also feed much more activly proceeding a storm. When you notice an increase in animal feeding activity, it's time to head for the woods.

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