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most deer bed down in the rain right? just wondering when it gets cold do deer usually move off the hills (mostly hard woods) down into swamp areas?

Question by pete7330. Uploaded on October 12, 2009

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I had 10 doe in the field the other day in a steady rain.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Deer hair is "hollow" for insulation.
In really BAD weather they will move into "evergreen" areas to keep some of it off them.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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.

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from turk wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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.

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from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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!

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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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from steve182 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

I had 10 doe in the field the other day in a steady rain.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

Deer hair is "hollow" for insulation.
In really BAD weather they will move into "evergreen" areas to keep some of it off them.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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.

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from turk wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from MLH wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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!

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

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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