Rising and falling barometric trends have a great influence on whitetail and wild turkey movement and game fish activity. Use this guide as a rule:
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When deer season starts, it's natural to pay attention to the weather factors you can easily see and feel: the cloud cover above, the wind in your face, the rain drops dripping from the brim of your cap.
But it's easy to forget about the most important factor of all: barometric pressure. It's more difficult to judge without an instrument or the Internet, but you should know that pressure rises after a front passes and when high a high pressure system is building. It lowers before the arrival of a front and during a low pressure center.
I have collected barometric pressure data from around the country for years through log book entries from trail cameras, hunters and private studies. The results are clear and indisputable. Deer like a pressure above 30.00 in. [ Read Full Post ]
Fall is my favorite time of year, with the leaves changing color to brilliant yellow and crimson red and those frosty clear mornings that give way to comfortable, 60-degree days. It never gets old and it never lasts long enough. With fall comes a change of temperature and weather. It’s no secret that this has a big impact on whitetail deer activity.
After years of studying Boone and Crockett harvest data, I've been able to pattern certain trends in temperature and deer activity. Regardless of the region you hunt or time of year, here are some interesting facts about how temperature affects deer activity... [ Read Full Post ]
Last week we talked about wind direction, wind speed and their effects on deer activity. With that in mind, we can now apply cloud types. We will keep it simple and talk about the most common ones. These are divided into low, middle and high cloud types. Each one is affected differently by the wind.
Let’s start with low, which run from ground level to around 6000’. Stratus and Nimbostratus my personal favorites, both resemble fog and are sometimes accompanied by drizzle or light rain! With an east quadrant wind it will rain, with a west quadrant it will be overcast. Both are excellent for whitetail hunting. The common middle clouds, lets say 6000 feet to more than 12,000 feet above ground are altocumulus and altostratus again wind direction affects the incoming weather. [ Read Full Post ]
We all know the importance of wind and its role in deer movement and how and where to set up. Simple rules that we all apply are set up downwind or at least crosswind. But there’s a lot more to this game than trying to stay down wind of a big buck.
Let’s look at two wind change factors and their effects: direction and speed. [ Read Full Post ]
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When I first began developing the idea for a weather site, I asked myself: "What kind of weather information is absolutely essential for sportsmen?"
All of us look forward to those magical days when the woods come alive with bucks chasing does or turkeys gobbling from their roosts, or those amazing times when, no matter what you throw, every cast draws a strike. The only problem: No one could predict when those magical hunting and fishing days would occur…until now.
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