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Heading into the heart of April, gobbling should be in full swing in all regions of the country. The northern states are still cool and unsettled while the south central is already in heat wave and drought conditions.
Pulling out the days with windy conditions and rain or showers, these days really tend to slow turkey calling. And looking for clearing and dry conditions with lower humidity we will find more active birds. Throw in warming temperatures and days with the dew point equal to the air temperature and you’ve got prime days. With that in mind, here’s the best days of the week for your region: [ Read Full Post ]
As we head into the first weekend in April virtually every region is heating up with pre-breeding gobbling. The only problem is weather in some areas is just not cooperating to make things really hot. But a mix of interesting moon changes should help. The moon crosses the equator on Friday, there is an apogee (point at which the moon is farthest from the earth) on Saturday and a new moon on Sunday.
These lunar occurrences happening all in close proximity to each other should really get the toms vocal this weekend. Here's the regional forecast: [ Read Full Post ]
As we head toward the end of March, winter remains hanging on in many regions east of the Mississippi. Along with the below average temperatures comes above normal precipitation for much of the Northeast and Southeast. The Great Lakes and north central will be cool but dry out.
The Northwest and Southwest will heat up with above average temperatures. This time of year fronts will come and go every few days and picking the windows in between with rising barometers, warmer temperatures, calming winds and clear skies can really improve your odds. These factors and a new (like on April 3rd) or full moon can really get the toms talking. All these factors are considered as we try and help you harvest your next gobbler [ Read Full Post ]
You could sense a tipping point last week. Our grinding winter weather — which has been intensifying since mid December — is finally taking its toll on critters, especially those whitetail bucks that entered the winter run down and ragged from the rut.
Since the week before Thanksgiving, we’ve been above freezing only three times, and our low temperatures during December averaged just above zero here in Montana. We have already experienced some 30-below mornings, bitter cold that we don’t expect until February most years. [ Read Full Post ]
As we enter the last week of Whitetail Forecasts for 2010, we will see a diversity of hunting weather conditions. In the NE, deer should be yarding up and staying close to food sources. In the SE, record lows early in the week will stimulate post-rut movement. In the deep SW, we’ll see 70-degree highs hampering movement, while the midwest will be cool and dry until another blast of snow sweeps through later in the week. Here’s your regions:
NE – As the major snowstorm lets up, temperatures will warm and pressure will rise. There is a 3-day window before another front and more precipitation comes in on Saturday. Best days: December 29th, 30th and 31st. [ Read Full Post ]
Winter begins on the 21st of December every year. This year it has a special meaning for serious whitetail hunters. The winter solstice is when the sun is at its peak south. What’s special about this one is there’s a total lunar eclipse of the full moon the day after peak north lunar ascension.
OK, before you nod off like I'm giving a science lecture, consider this: in my many hours of breaking down trophy harvest data, one day stuck when I flipped through years of data, Nov. 8, 2003! On that day there was a total (not partial or prenumbral) eclipse of a full moon. [ Read Full Post ]
Pictured here is a rainbow trout taken from The Lower Mountain Fork River in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. This is the only fish I’ve got to show for the week. A cold front moving in had trout on the river scarce and selective. I’m hopeful a trip to the White River in Arkansas, some legendary trout water, will offer redemption.
One week, one rainbow; an abject failure right?
The rainbow was caught by Oklahoma guide Greg Dodds. Greg, a father, husband, airline mechanic and former strong safety on his base team in the Marine Corps, loves fly-fishing enough to get up at 4:30 a.m. to make the three-hour drive from his home in Broken Arrow to Broken Bow. He makes this trek because if it seems to you like Oklahoma is a state short on places to drift a dry, then you’re right. [ Read Full Post ]