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    When planning to go out???

    Hey guys, when planning to go out how much of an emphasis do you put on the weather. Do you base what days to go out by what the weather is doing??? I seem to be doing this alot lately. Especially, late season. I am still puttin in work about 2-3 days a week in the stand. How should I be planning when i go out, to be more successful. I would like to be out alot more than that but i work alot and have kids in sports so, i basically get out when i can.

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    Senior Member mrbb's Avatar
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    well I believe in hunting when you can
    timing weather is just too unpredictable for me to plan by

    But if I am off and colder weathers hist, I do hunt different places over others hoping the cold temps makee them feed sooner
    hunting food sources more in really cold weather
    and also play snow , by hunting any standing crops, beans corn or, Brassicia
    as deer seem to flok to things they don't have to dig for in snow as much
    so, No I don't plan hunts on weather, but I do hunt different spots based on what its doing or expected to that hunt

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    if your hunting in ohio good luck on planning around the weather now if it is pouring down rain I will hunt out of blind if i can get to it if creek isnt to high but i hunt when ever i can

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    Do deer move that much while its raining?? I thought that they more less bedded down. I guess what I should be asking is during what conditions in the late season will you see more deer movement and in what conditions will you see minimal movement. In your experiences??? I understand that we can not pinpoint and say that these deer will be here at this time, but from your experiences what do you hold to be the most accurate??

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    I find that in January if you get a fairly warm sunny day lots of deer move into fields to eat in the early afternoon. Light rain doesn't effect deer much at all. But, heavy downpours do slow down movement.
    I may be opinionated...but, my opinion is the only one that matters anyway.

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    well, in my experience, here in heavy pressured area
    deer move most in shootable light in winter when its COLD, or even more so, if a storm is on its way
    they will come out earlier to feed to try to beat a storm
    its simple facts
    the colder it is the more calories they burn to stay warm, so on colder days they have to eat more to stay warm
    thus get on there feet more/sooner than in normal temps for that time
    as for rain??
    seen them out in major down pours andin heavy lighting storms too, all depends on how hungry they are and how long its been raining
    if its been raining a few days, there out cause again they need to eat to stay warm
    if its just a couple hrs of rain, they might sit it out and waait for it to stop
    any bigger changes in weather do seem to get deer up and on the feed sooner too
    so if a storm , a cold front is coming, the evening before is awlays a great nite here, unless hunting/people pressure keeps them out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbb View Post
    well, in my experience, here in heavy pressured area
    deer move most in shootable light in winter when its COLD, or even more so, if a storm is on its way
    they will come out earlier to feed to try to beat a storm
    its simple facts
    the colder it is the more calories they burn to stay warm, so on colder days they have to eat more to stay warm
    thus get on there feet more/sooner than in normal temps for that time
    as for rain??
    seen them out in major down pours andin heavy lighting storms too, all depends on how hungry they are and how long its been raining
    if its been raining a few days, there out cause again they need to eat to stay warm
    if its just a couple hrs of rain, they might sit it out and waait for it to stop
    any bigger changes in weather do seem to get deer up and on the feed sooner too
    so if a storm , a cold front is coming, the evening before is awlays a great nite here, unless hunting/people pressure keeps them out!
    Thanks for the info. I am thinking thursday night or friday morning. alot of storms coming in, in front of a cold front and a huge drop in temp for southwest ohio. going into friday morning with possible snow. Storms all day thursday small break thursday night and then snow overnight into friday morning. ill be hunting out of a homemade blind that can withstand the rain and snow. they tore up two five gallon buckets of corn yesterday. After all the storms we had Monday. I did not see anything this morning but trail cam show alot of movement later in evenings.
    Keeping the fingers crossed to still get my first deer.

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    yup big drops in temps to me are about the best times to hunt, all the more so if you have crops still standing, or food plots or even a active bait site
    just watch the wind and set up down from them some and get ready!

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    I got frostbite on my fingers and hands about 15 years ago while hunting in Canada and now whenever it gets really cold here and I am out all day, I notice it really affects me.....so if its real cold out I will take a small personal sized propane heater and turn it on a few times in the morning and few times in the afternoon and again towards dark.....I have been doing this for about 5 years now and 3 of my last 5 deer were shot while the propane heater was on.....I am not saying they cannot smell it or hear it but its never seemed to bother them yet.....I would imagine if your playing around with it and they walk in then that might give you away but I have a little shelf in each of my stands that I sit it on and let er rip.....those little personal tanks will last all day if you just run it for about 15-30 minutes at a time, about 6-8 times in a day.....they truly are what saves me on those long late winter days when I am still trying to fill the freezer with meat....I suggest you give it a try on the colder days where you want to sit longer

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    If a front is coming or due in get out a few hours before it hits. I have noticed with rain these guys are right. A light rain slows it down slightly but a heavy rain they tend to hunker down. You have to think, they are deer and if we knew all the answers we would all be pros and have tv shows. With that being said, you won't know if they come through unless you are out there. I got a new blind for Christmas so in the heavier rain, I guess that won't stop me either anymore. Just stay focused. Every year after the rut my personal thought is that you better be between beds and food for a much higher percentage of seeing deer. Before and during the rut they can show up anywhere when there are alph feilds, bean, corn, nuts and more. Most areas are different at this point especially when the weather is getting colder. So, focus and find out in your area where they are going for food then plan your hunt right close. It's like scouting again.....this is just my opinion.
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