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Question by pete7330. Uploaded on October 12, 2009
I find deer movement decent to very good in the rain, as long as it's not pouring. Often deer will seek shelter in the conifers in lousy weather.
I had 10 doe in the field the other day in a steady rain.
Deer hair is "hollow" for insulation.
In really BAD weather they will move into "evergreen" areas to keep some of it off them.
I love to hunt in the rain - my favorite time. As long as its a light to moderate rain, you are in business.
And everything said above +1.
I have seen deer in the rain,but as far as realy cold weather it depends if its a windy cold day deer will move to real thick areas like pine thickets or a real thick cut over but a cold day with hardly any wind deer will move,but ive noticed on real cold mornings deer tend to wait on the sun to break the skyline and then they will move onto a sunny ridge top or just about anywhere the sun will beam down on them to warm up.
I was at an archery range last year when the skies just opened up. I stood under a tree to wait it out. Three deer came out and started chasing each other around, in the downpour. They were enjoying it.
I've seen deer moving in torrential down pours, in the woods, and a lot are found along the edges of secluded fields,and close to cedars.
It seems the only one that it bothers are certain hunters,especially when their hometown NFL team is playing!
Deer bed down during the rain caused by a cold front (quick heavy rain with high winds). They feed pretty heavily before and after such storms. During the rain caused by a warm front (light rain all day and slow winds) deer usually remain active, but rain takes the crunch out of the leaves and the moisture in the air increases sense of smell and hearing, so they can be more difficult to hunt.
As for hills vs swamps...deer will take advantage of microclimates for thermoregulation. If the swampy areas you are referring to are slightly warmer than the hills, the deer will likely utilize those areas when it gets cold. Look for other cold weather landscape features as well, such as south facing slopes, conifer stands, and features that can act as a windbreak.
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