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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 ]
We all understand that hunting or fishing near sunrise or sunset is almost always the most productive. Well, the same goes for the moon, along with its effects of overhead and underfoot periods. Just as the sun has its yearly cycle of 365 days, the moon has a yearly cycle as well, but in much less time of 29.5 days.
The effects the lunar cycle has on tides and weather is well documented, these effects carry over into wildlife movements as proven through record harvest studies. [ Read Full Post ]
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It's been hot where I've been hunting. Has it been hot at your treestand site? This past week I had the opportunity for an early rifle hunt in South Dakota. Temperatures were in the 70s and oftentimes knocking on the door of 80. Despite the hot temperatures, the rut is in full swing. Yesterday my buddy watched a buck breed a doe. Today I watched a buck court another doe coming into heat and last Saturday I tagged a brute in brutal temperatures.
This buck was very active last Saturday and although I faltered on my first encounter and let the buck escape, he moved on and off through the early afternoon. I kept tabs on him as he hounded does, but by early afternoon the temperatures were too much and this brute of a buck had to take a shade and water break. [ Read Full Post ]
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Last week’s report showed some nice bucks taken on the second and third during perigee and moon equator crossing. This week includes the date Nov. 11th, which is the number one day all-time according to Pope and Young records.
Here’s your regions:
NE – High pressure and above normal temperatures will hamper activity in some areas. A slow moving low approaches by the weekend with falling pressure by Sunday making Saturday a good bet. Best days - Nov. 12th and 13th. [ Read Full Post ]
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Since outdoorlife.com launched it's weather page it seems the magazine's editors have been cursed by Mother Nature. First Gerry Bethge had a tornado watch interrupt the middle of his deer hunt in Ohio. Then John Taranto and John Snow had blizzards during their mule deer and elk hunts in the west. Now it's my turn.
The first morning of my two-day redfish trip in Louisiana was a beauty: warm sunny weather with a nice breeze. But as the day went on, a large storm system began to move in from the west and it was clear that our day of fishing would be cut short. [ Read Full Post ]
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Indian summer in North Dakota has been fine for work, but not so much for whitetail hunting. Above-average temperatures all during the fall came crashing down as a record low-pressure front set above us.
After two days of 50 mph gusts, snow and a barometric pressure that dropped to a record low (29.01), it has finally cleared out.
What does this mean? I’ve got a combination of weather factors that may happen only once or twice in a fall, if at all. Rising barometer of 30.31—perfect! The winds have dropped off to 10 mph, and temperatures are below average (near record lows). [ Read Full Post ]
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Last week's field logs for Outdoor Life showed an increase in overall buck sightings, up about 14 percent. Using only wind speed criteria, we had more bucks sighted than does in a 7-10 mph wind then in a calm 0-6 mph wind.
What does this tell us?
Bucks feel more comfortable traveling with a distinct breeze. There are always many other factors involved, but this is what the record books show also. [ Read Full Post ]