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Winter has been coming early to much of the USA. In between the numerous systems coming through, we should see active feeding and secondary rut action. Many areas will see windy conditions, and as they die down in your area midweek, deer will move. Also, keep track of your areas exact barometric cycles with OL Weather and hunt while pressure is rising and above 30.10. Here are your regions: [ Read Full Post ]
We enter the second week of December with most of the nation dealing with wind, snow and below average temperatures. The secondary rut kicks in the north as the primary rut will be going on in the southern states. Finding the hunting window between storms and as pressure rises above 30.10 is key. Here are your regions:
NE – Strong winds Tuesday and Wednesday and low barometric pressure will give way to drying conditions and rising pressure on Thursday. Saturday is also a good window between fronts. Best days: December 9th and 11th. [ Read Full Post ]
I've come to west-central Illinois for the late muzzleloader season and one last shot at a monster whitetail in 2010. I'm hunting with Tim Richardson and Richardson Farms Outfitters. Tim has property in Adams, Brown and Schuyler. We're hunting in Adams. I'm hoping to smoke a big buck with a Traditions Vortek muzzleloader.
This morning started promising with several does and a one-sided spike buck emerging into the hay field over which my ladder stand looks just after sun-up. However, when they eventually moved back into the timber, that marked the last deer activity I saw this morning. [ Read Full Post ]
The old proverb about not shooting the messenger might be correct, but I can tell you that I am beginning to hate the weatherman. Not only have weather reports been hard to decipher, but the reports themselves have me mad.
Dad and I arrived at my sister's place in Rapid City, S.D., last night to a winter weather advisory and a late dinner. Around exit 64 on Interstate 90 the wind began blowing harder than an octogenarian on their birthday. It hasn't stopped yet, but hopefully it will in the next day or two or else pheasant hunting could be out the window. [ Read Full Post ]
This week starts out with the Northwest and Midwest in a early-season deep freeze. These cold temperatures will spread into the northeast and southeast by the weekend improving late rut activity. Numerous storms will cross the USA this week. The lulls between the snow and rain should create some great hunting opportunities. Here’s your region:
NE – The week starts out with rain in many areas. A major low will set in on Friday (1004) followed by dropping temperatures. Thanksgiving day will be a great day to get out. Best days: Nov. 25th and 28th. [ Read Full Post ]
I'll admit it, I don't like sitting in a deer stand when it's raining, and if that makes me less of a man, so be it. No matter how great your gear is, if you spend enough time hanging 20 feet above the ground in a tree when its damp, windy and cold, eventually you're going to start to feel uncomfortable.
Those were the exact conditions I experienced yesterday during a deer hunt in Wisconsin. Sunday's weather forecast called for overcast skies with light freezing rain by midmorning and possible showers in the afternoon.
While this may seem like the sort of weather that is more appropriate for duck hunters than buck hunters, the conditions were actually perfect. [ Read Full Post ]
This week looks to have most of the country locked in with below average temperatures. This, along with solar activity starting on Friday and a full moon on Sunday, will make this a promising week for whitetail hunting. Numerous systems will pass through North America bringing some great windows for rising and falling barometric pressure, which increases activity. Here are your regions:
NE – The week starts out with pressure dropping as a low moves in and bottoms out on Wednesday. A high will slowly build and take over by the early part of the weekend. Best days: Nov. 18th, 19th and 20th. [ Read Full Post ]