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Old 10-01-2013, 02:16 PM
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Default Hunting in hot weather

Up here in Maine we are having a warm spell (70-78F). It is supposed to cool down Thursday. My question is: If temps are higher then normal during the day is it worth hunting if temps drop that night (45F)? Will deer move before dark?

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:28 PM
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We had a warm spell last season, hit 95degrees during the day. Thank God the wife and I have camo long sleeve under armour heat gear shirts! OMG it was hot up in the stand!

It had been down in the high 50's to mid 60's during the day for a few weeks by then, but suddenly a heatwave came through and warmed us up 30-40degrees.

Movement in the evenings was later in the evening than usual for the deer we had been patterning, but they still moved, the wife even got a shot on her 9pter when it was still 87degrees out that evening (about 6:30pm).
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:58 PM
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The deer will still move, but often there will be less movement than normal and it will come first thing in the morning and right before dark. I have had some success hunting in warm weather, so I would still go out....
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:04 PM
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I think they move more when its colder/cooler.
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:06 AM
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In northwestern Illinois it was 82 for the opening day yesterday. I opted to stay out of the woods. But the large mouth where biting. We even found a couple of the toothy critters for the freezer.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:21 AM
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Here in Va. we are used to warm weather, especially during archery. It has actually been cool the past couple of weeks, but just started warming up the past couple of days. Supposed to be in the high eighties for Sat. opening of Archery. Will expect to see Deer moving in the early to mid morning and starting three to four in the afternoon. Thats the way its been in the past anyhow.
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:28 PM
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Just dont forget your thermacell! Thats the one thing about bow season that can be tough to contend with is the mosquitoes.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:46 AM
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I choose to go out even when warm knowing many who have filled freezers and decked out walls with good Bucks during hot weather. It is harder but still can be productive every once in a while. I limit the distance and time I spend getting to a spot and how long I'm out in it. So I go out and hour and a half before sunset and get out of the woods before the morning gets to hot. It is a pain washing my gear more but thats hunting and like my Buddy says you can't shoot one sitting on the couch in the AC.
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:05 PM
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If it's 75-80 degrees I don't even waste my time going out. That's just me, I like it cold, 20's to 40 degrees, snowy.....just seems like hunting then.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:20 PM
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I like the cooler weather...it frosted here last night...
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