HOW HAS THE WARM WEATHER AFFECTED HUNTING SEASON FOR YOU?
One holiday tune that may not apply right now for many of us is ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’.
Many regions in the United States are currently experiencing record highs in temperatures, as reported by The Weather Channel. Unusually prevalent Pacific air masses and tropical air intrusions have caused the national averages to be higher than normal, in some places 15 to 30 degrees. This has led to over 1,000 record daily highs being set across the county.
A great deal of people won’t complain about this, as warm weather in late Fall allows for greater enjoyment of the outdoors. One segment of society that may not tout this seasonal upswing is the hunting community.
Hunters generally favor lower temperatures during hunting seasons. For instance, deer activity and movement is motivated by breeding, safety, and most importantly, food. Their routines can be greatly affected by weather changes.
Deer tend to seek out cooler temperatures when the weather rises, meaning they’ll lower their activity level to conserve energy. Conversely, as the temperature cools, deer know that they need to fatten up for winter and the rut that can be physically taxing.
High temperatures can lead to more nocturnal activity, when it drops. Cool temperatures will encourage daylight movement.
Some would argue that hunting can still be successful in warmer weather. The rut will happen regardless of the weather, so experts agree that it is still a good idea to prepare for movement. However, it is undeniable that a significant drop in temperature leads to better daytime movement.
We want to know how this unusual seasonal weather has affected your hunting, whether it be deer or some other animal. Has it led to a decrease in sightings, or have you still been able to experience success out in the field? Let us know in the comments section!