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How has climate change affected your hunting or fishing?

Question by jhjimbo. Uploaded on February 21, 2013

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Big game season seems to be a lot warmer. Last year in january black powder season i was out in just a light weight jacket.
Lake Erie is down about 5', not sure how that will affect this year fishing.
We do not seem to get the extreme cold like we used to. One year we were at our cabin in the Adirondacks and the actual temp went down to -52 below. When it warmed up to -32 we went snowmobiling and thought it was a heat wave.

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from redfishunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

My fighing trips have become a lot more expensive. That's partially because all these nutjobs who believe in global warming are raising the price of my gasoline. Has the world not been warming ever since the last ice age?

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from redfishunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

*fishing

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Climate change is BS.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Climate change is BS.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Sorry about the double post.

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from PigHunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

I've seen no evidence of 'climate change'. Hunting and fishing has not been affected.

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

It's weather, it constantly changes! I remember a few years back when we had a really cold winter across the whole country. Just cause you have a warm couple of years doesn't mean that global warming or whatever, is actually happening.

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from AAM wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Climate change is a false theory with no evidence to actually prove it is true. No offense, your entitled to your own opinion as much as I am to mine.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Warmer fall weather has definitely affected the elk migration and deer activity in our little part of the world. Weather patterns have fluctuated as far back as the Ice Age, so change is always inevitable.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

We have had 2 years of warm fall and winter weather. And that's exactly what it is, weather! Climate is the the prevailing weather conditions over an extended amount of time. Considering the earth is something like 4.6 billion years old (I might be off by a billion or so) 2 years is a speck on the timeline. That being said the last 2 years have been the worst waterfowl seasons I have experienced. I hope we snap out of this weather pattern soon.

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from PigHunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

The Army Corp of Engineers site says Erie is at 569.2 and is expected to increase 4 inches in the next month. Erie is only down 6 inches from the long term monthly average for February. It is currently 26 inches higher than the lowest February monthly mean level recorded in 1936.

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from hawndog wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

The climate is changing. It has always been changing, and will continue to change. There really is no debating this fact. I can go pick up sharks teeth in creeks near my home, 200+ miles from the coast.

What CAN be debated are the causes, and weather or not mans actions have anything to do with it.

Now that we have that out of the way; The deer have been rutting later in the year than in the past. The state is shifting the deer season into February in the southern part of Alabama. I am sure that this will have a ripple effect and cause other seasons to be shifted aswell.

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

PigHunter
The news around here said Erie was down the 5'. Boats in the marina where i go were sitting on the bottom last fall.
I don't know what the reason is - we are having a lite snow winter so far so this spring will tell the story.
hawndog
I sensed the activity shifting here in ohio but yours is the first i have heard of the state shifting the seasons to compensate.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Global Warming = Junk Science

Climate change? It's already been stated! Mother Earth has already seen an Ice Age come and go! So? It's not like any of us will live long enough to see another Ice Age come and/or go!

psssst!
...when the first Ice Age came about, there were no aerosol products or petroleum industries! don't tell anyone, we don't want to upset the Liberals!

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from Dcast wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Jimbo, here's a link from ODNR about lake level changes that you may find interestingly enough not due to climate change or global warming or whatever they choose to call it today.

www.dnr.state.oh.us/geosurvey/tabid/7829/Default.aspx

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Dcast
Thanks, i got the info.
Must have been the wind that blew the water to the other end of the lake.
I wish i had a picture of my buddies 32' sitting on the bottom.

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from jay wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Thats a great read Dcast, thanks for sharing.

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

The climate is changing and the earth is warming. That is fact. You can argue if you wish as to why but unless you are a scientist who specifically studies this your comments on it are just regurgitated hash. I happen to believe the enormous majority of the worlds scientists who say that man is contributing to it.
Regarding how it effects my hunting: there is no snow anymore during deer season. Tracking a buck in the big woods without snow is pretty tough.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

How come when people like Dcast post a comment and acually have evidence it is regurgitated hash.But when you post a comment and the only evidence you can produce is that you think it feels a little warmer there is no possible way you can be wrong.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

As a varminter in Oregon, I seem more at the mercy of the weather on a day-to-day basis (micro-environment) and the alfalfa harvests than the climate (macro-environment). The seasonal precipitation seems unaffected, but the weather varies a bit and provides an occasionally unseasonable chill or unusually warm day.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Sometimes I have to wear a jacket and sometimes I dont.

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

From my experience, when it starts to get cold in the fall and winter, the deer hunting is good, and when it starts to get warm in the in the spring and summer the fishing is good. Other than this, "climate change" doesn't exist.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

I dress according to the weather conditions when I venture forth. I don't even believe the weather man. He knows we are going to have snow the same way we know we are going to have snow: when he sees it lying on the ground.

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

99- on the lobster boat we often say how much we would like to have the local weather man tied to the bow, and see if he'll still tell us that there isn't going to be any wind today.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

When it changed in 1964, the exceptionally high snow made me exit the second floor door all winter and caused me to dig a tunnel down to my mink pens. When it changed the next year, I had to sell my snowmobile because there wasn't enough snow to run it. It continues to change every year as it has for the last million years and the changes always impact me one way or another.

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from Dcast wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Dallas, some people can't see the forest for the trees! They have such a small narrow thought process that they can only identify with what is immediately around them, and if someone agrees with them then it is true! Ms. Jolin represents that. To her a few warm winters and hot summers justify her agreeing with phony science based on flawed computer modeling that has been proven inaccurate countless times along with these so called scientists stretching numbers to get the feed back they need to get that next grant. There have been many former proglobal warming scientists that have came out and blew the whistle but people like Ms. Jolin like most good sheep demonize them saying they were infiltrators trying to stir the pot. Explain the fact that the Antartic ice has been expanding dramatically? Why is it only the Artic that is studied? Because they can get the data they need there all the while ignoring the neon green Elephant in the room. Don't any of you find it funny when a weather event such as a blizzard happens it is blamed on GW? When theres a heat wave, earthquake, volcano, etc... its blamed on GW!

Ms. Jolin and whomever else before you ask me to show who defuncted from the GW science community and about the computer modeling, I have already produced probably close to a few hundred links and articles to what I'm saying. So if your not to lazy you can go back through my profile and read the answers and comments. I will not go through the process of reposting because some are to lazy to do the research themselves.

Finally climate change is real but not like the global warming community argues. There are fluctuations in this complicated place we call earth that effect climate and weather. In 2004-2007 we had extreme cold and snow. We received several storms dumping 2' of snow each which is highly uncommon normally we will get one major snowfall a year of 8". The summer of 2007 (I think) was one of the coolest summers I could remember and my parents agreed along with local weather people. Last summer was one of the hottest I can remember I actually got used to the 100 degrees which was uncommon here in Ohio. The winter of 2010 was the warmest and wettest anyone I know could remember also. This winter happens to be somewhat normal other than the few day stretch we hit 60 degrees which isn't unheard of. The thing is no of this paragraph matters because it is all a minute in time.

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Enjoy your own realities. Our generation will be cursed by people in the future as idiots.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Growing up in the ADKs I could remember having tracking snow from early-mid-November straight through the hunting season. Now, snow accumulation and retention before December or even January seems to be a rare occurrence. Tracking snow is important for big woods hunters because there are not as many funneling features as in the more fragmented woodlots of farm country. I also remember the winters being much more harsh then they are today (more days of sub-zero temperatures and deeper snows for longer periods of time). The final product of this is more deer in my ADK hunting area because doe harvest is not allowed and more deer are surviving the winters. It will only take a couple of harsh winters to put the population back in check, but we cannot predict if and when those winters will occur. In the mean time, we hunt a population of deer that is primarily does, and without good tracking snow, buck hunting is difficult to say the least. Most seasons end with an empty freezer for my family members as of late.

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from Andrew Sandstrom wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

i havent seen a difference with the hunting or fishing only my attire.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

How come when people like Dcast post a comment and acually have evidence it is regurgitated hash.But when you post a comment and the only evidence you can produce is that you think it feels a little warmer there is no possible way you can be wrong.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Sometimes I have to wear a jacket and sometimes I dont.

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from redfishunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

My fighing trips have become a lot more expensive. That's partially because all these nutjobs who believe in global warming are raising the price of my gasoline. Has the world not been warming ever since the last ice age?

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Climate change is BS.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Warmer fall weather has definitely affected the elk migration and deer activity in our little part of the world. Weather patterns have fluctuated as far back as the Ice Age, so change is always inevitable.

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from Dcast wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Dallas, some people can't see the forest for the trees! They have such a small narrow thought process that they can only identify with what is immediately around them, and if someone agrees with them then it is true! Ms. Jolin represents that. To her a few warm winters and hot summers justify her agreeing with phony science based on flawed computer modeling that has been proven inaccurate countless times along with these so called scientists stretching numbers to get the feed back they need to get that next grant. There have been many former proglobal warming scientists that have came out and blew the whistle but people like Ms. Jolin like most good sheep demonize them saying they were infiltrators trying to stir the pot. Explain the fact that the Antartic ice has been expanding dramatically? Why is it only the Artic that is studied? Because they can get the data they need there all the while ignoring the neon green Elephant in the room. Don't any of you find it funny when a weather event such as a blizzard happens it is blamed on GW? When theres a heat wave, earthquake, volcano, etc... its blamed on GW!

Ms. Jolin and whomever else before you ask me to show who defuncted from the GW science community and about the computer modeling, I have already produced probably close to a few hundred links and articles to what I'm saying. So if your not to lazy you can go back through my profile and read the answers and comments. I will not go through the process of reposting because some are to lazy to do the research themselves.

Finally climate change is real but not like the global warming community argues. There are fluctuations in this complicated place we call earth that effect climate and weather. In 2004-2007 we had extreme cold and snow. We received several storms dumping 2' of snow each which is highly uncommon normally we will get one major snowfall a year of 8". The summer of 2007 (I think) was one of the coolest summers I could remember and my parents agreed along with local weather people. Last summer was one of the hottest I can remember I actually got used to the 100 degrees which was uncommon here in Ohio. The winter of 2010 was the warmest and wettest anyone I know could remember also. This winter happens to be somewhat normal other than the few day stretch we hit 60 degrees which isn't unheard of. The thing is no of this paragraph matters because it is all a minute in time.

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from Ga hunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

It's weather, it constantly changes! I remember a few years back when we had a really cold winter across the whole country. Just cause you have a warm couple of years doesn't mean that global warming or whatever, is actually happening.

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from AAM wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Climate change is a false theory with no evidence to actually prove it is true. No offense, your entitled to your own opinion as much as I am to mine.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

We have had 2 years of warm fall and winter weather. And that's exactly what it is, weather! Climate is the the prevailing weather conditions over an extended amount of time. Considering the earth is something like 4.6 billion years old (I might be off by a billion or so) 2 years is a speck on the timeline. That being said the last 2 years have been the worst waterfowl seasons I have experienced. I hope we snap out of this weather pattern soon.

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from PigHunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

The Army Corp of Engineers site says Erie is at 569.2 and is expected to increase 4 inches in the next month. Erie is only down 6 inches from the long term monthly average for February. It is currently 26 inches higher than the lowest February monthly mean level recorded in 1936.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Global Warming = Junk Science

Climate change? It's already been stated! Mother Earth has already seen an Ice Age come and go! So? It's not like any of us will live long enough to see another Ice Age come and/or go!

psssst!
...when the first Ice Age came about, there were no aerosol products or petroleum industries! don't tell anyone, we don't want to upset the Liberals!

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

99- on the lobster boat we often say how much we would like to have the local weather man tied to the bow, and see if he'll still tell us that there isn't going to be any wind today.

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Big game season seems to be a lot warmer. Last year in january black powder season i was out in just a light weight jacket.
Lake Erie is down about 5', not sure how that will affect this year fishing.
We do not seem to get the extreme cold like we used to. One year we were at our cabin in the Adirondacks and the actual temp went down to -52 below. When it warmed up to -32 we went snowmobiling and thought it was a heat wave.

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from redfishunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

*fishing

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Climate change is BS.

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from Dallas A. McWhorter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Sorry about the double post.

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from PigHunter wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

I've seen no evidence of 'climate change'. Hunting and fishing has not been affected.

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from hawndog wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

The climate is changing. It has always been changing, and will continue to change. There really is no debating this fact. I can go pick up sharks teeth in creeks near my home, 200+ miles from the coast.

What CAN be debated are the causes, and weather or not mans actions have anything to do with it.

Now that we have that out of the way; The deer have been rutting later in the year than in the past. The state is shifting the deer season into February in the southern part of Alabama. I am sure that this will have a ripple effect and cause other seasons to be shifted aswell.

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

PigHunter
The news around here said Erie was down the 5'. Boats in the marina where i go were sitting on the bottom last fall.
I don't know what the reason is - we are having a lite snow winter so far so this spring will tell the story.
hawndog
I sensed the activity shifting here in ohio but yours is the first i have heard of the state shifting the seasons to compensate.

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from Dcast wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Jimbo, here's a link from ODNR about lake level changes that you may find interestingly enough not due to climate change or global warming or whatever they choose to call it today.

www.dnr.state.oh.us/geosurvey/tabid/7829/Default.aspx

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Dcast
Thanks, i got the info.
Must have been the wind that blew the water to the other end of the lake.
I wish i had a picture of my buddies 32' sitting on the bottom.

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from jay wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Thats a great read Dcast, thanks for sharing.

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from Edward J. Palumbo wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

As a varminter in Oregon, I seem more at the mercy of the weather on a day-to-day basis (micro-environment) and the alfalfa harvests than the climate (macro-environment). The seasonal precipitation seems unaffected, but the weather varies a bit and provides an occasionally unseasonable chill or unusually warm day.

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

From my experience, when it starts to get cold in the fall and winter, the deer hunting is good, and when it starts to get warm in the in the spring and summer the fishing is good. Other than this, "climate change" doesn't exist.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

I dress according to the weather conditions when I venture forth. I don't even believe the weather man. He knows we are going to have snow the same way we know we are going to have snow: when he sees it lying on the ground.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

When it changed in 1964, the exceptionally high snow made me exit the second floor door all winter and caused me to dig a tunnel down to my mink pens. When it changed the next year, I had to sell my snowmobile because there wasn't enough snow to run it. It continues to change every year as it has for the last million years and the changes always impact me one way or another.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Growing up in the ADKs I could remember having tracking snow from early-mid-November straight through the hunting season. Now, snow accumulation and retention before December or even January seems to be a rare occurrence. Tracking snow is important for big woods hunters because there are not as many funneling features as in the more fragmented woodlots of farm country. I also remember the winters being much more harsh then they are today (more days of sub-zero temperatures and deeper snows for longer periods of time). The final product of this is more deer in my ADK hunting area because doe harvest is not allowed and more deer are surviving the winters. It will only take a couple of harsh winters to put the population back in check, but we cannot predict if and when those winters will occur. In the mean time, we hunt a population of deer that is primarily does, and without good tracking snow, buck hunting is difficult to say the least. Most seasons end with an empty freezer for my family members as of late.

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from Andrew Sandstrom wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

i havent seen a difference with the hunting or fishing only my attire.

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

The climate is changing and the earth is warming. That is fact. You can argue if you wish as to why but unless you are a scientist who specifically studies this your comments on it are just regurgitated hash. I happen to believe the enormous majority of the worlds scientists who say that man is contributing to it.
Regarding how it effects my hunting: there is no snow anymore during deer season. Tracking a buck in the big woods without snow is pretty tough.

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 7 weeks ago

Enjoy your own realities. Our generation will be cursed by people in the future as idiots.

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