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Question by Duckkiller4. Uploaded on April 16, 2010
The best time for me has been from 10 am to 2 pm! Some say it's because other hunters leave the woods to eat lunch and they move the deer as they leave.
I'm not sure if it's hunger or if the hunters walk through the woods just to warm up after sitting all morning.
One things for sure, the majority of my deer were harvested during this 4 hour time frame.
As far as weather, temperature seems to be a key factor for me. The colder the better. I base my hunting time more on temperature than blue skies, rain, or snow.
This works well for me but I'm in Minnesota so you're bound to get a variety of good answers depending on the state.
The only thing you can do is sit a stand as much as you can as long as you can and as often as you can. There are all kinds of theories out there about how they move and when they move and there is credit to all of that but they are still unpredictable creatures. Yeah I know that big buck is in this field everyday but he decides when and some factors affect that but it really is a crap shoot. I've had all the factors (moon phase, temp, pressure, wind) point to a mid-day movement and as I drive to the lease at 7am to sit 10am to 2 pm, I see deer all over the place along the road and in the fields. By theory the should bed a little longer and move later but the aren't. They are up feeding early. Go figure. I do like sitting a stand longer than all the other guys just because I also think they pattern us when we get in routines. But that hasn't been overly productive for me, but I still give it the effort. For me the prime-times are still dusk and dawn. Of course I live in Texas and we don't have severe winters and in bow season it still gets up in the 90's during the day, so deer stay predominately nocturnal for us. But you just never know. That buck has no rules to follow unless it is the rut. He doesn't have to be at work everyday at 8am. He can pick and choose when and what he does. If he wants to sleep in he does, if he wants a midnight snack he does, if he feels unsure he just waits. Deer hunting is a chess match and you are severely disadvantaged and outmatched. Just keep that in mind, make the best effort you can and enjoy the opportunity. That's just my opinion. Now I'm not saying playing the game with moon, temp or anything else is not worth it. They can be valuable assets to study and know. Just in the end, a lot of it has to do with luck and the right-place right-time factors.
Oh, I also wanted to add it has to do with location as well. We have a couple of different locations on our lease. One is old growth river bottom and the other is sandy soil timber tracks with food plots. Over the years we have noticed that we have seen more deer and harvested more from certain locations at dusk or dawn. In the river bottom you're almost guarantied to see deer in the morning but hardly ever the evening. And the opposite is true for the food plot areas, very seldom in the morning but almost always in the evenings.
Well I think it really all depends on what your deeming as "best." I have seen a lot of deer in the mornings, but the biggest bucks I have ever seen tend to fall into that 10AM-3PM slot. I am a firm believer of putting your time in the stand so most of the time I stay in my stand from dawn til dusk cause you just never know. I have noticed (at least in my little neck of the woods) that I tend to see more young bucks running around in the early afternoon, but my personal experience has shown me that the big boys seem to always move when people think they shouldn't.
both and a blue bird morning is the best
morning and evening can both be great but i have taken my best bucks in the morning
I prefer mornings to eves, assuming i can get outta bed. Like albino said, i like that late morning through midday window very much too, but sun-up is a great time to be in the woods.
As you can see...there is no clear answer to your questions, and part of that is because everyone has preferences when it comes to hunting, and everyone has different techniques for hunting different areas. The best thing you can do is go out and learn from experience.
go out in the morning before the sun rises. right at dawn the most deer move, usually. i also like it at night when the sun is setting and you can barely see 30 or 40 yards away, but you cant shoot than.
Mornings and evenings are certainly good time but I've also seen a lot of deer during the mid day hours, in fact this is the time when I've seen the most deer. As much as possible I try to be in my stand all day long.
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