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Question by 99explorer. Uploaded on August 29, 2010
Late fall bow hunting 40 degrees is about as good as it gets gun season opening day better be cold keep those deer moving!
In North Fl,The rut hits in Oct 18-22(crossbow&bow)50%
in the Gen, gun season, 35-45% and late season,16-28%
I don't know if there is an ideal temperature, but much over 50 degrees, or sometimes even close to 50, and you might as well stay in. Whitetails can't stay active and remain cool enough with their thick winter coats when it's warm. They shut down for the most part. Now, if you know where they like to bed down on warmer days like this, you could try and jump shoot them. Otherwise they aren't going anywhere and it won't be a good day for hunting. This probably doesn't apply to Southern deer, but I wouldn't know. I've never hunted whitetails in the South. I like meat on my deer, not just bones and antlers.
I'd say my perfect whitetail weather is about 25 degrees at sunrise.. warming to around 40 degrees.. nice and crisp but still warm with very light insulated clothing.
50 and below, some deer movement, 40> best movement.
30F or less
The colder the better in November, really cold sub-freezing temperatures seem to stir them up as they need to eat more to survive, and move to stay warm.
For us or for the deer? What state? Time of day? I guess what I'm trying to say is...it depends :-)
For gun hunting in WV at our camp we like it about 25 at daylight and warming up to 40 during the day. An inch or two of snow is a bonus.
Here in Mid Tenn if you wait for an ideal temp according to ya'll you won't hardley get to hunt till late Nov. at the earliest most of the time
The ambient temperature of the day that I'm able to get out and hunt is perfect for me!
Have a hard time with deer hunting in temps above 80F. Just too hot! If it's below probably 20/25F, I just bundle up as best I can and stay until I'm numb!!
In Georgia where I hunt...Temperature is critical for deer movement. Even in the rut...high temperatures can stop everything. I use a ScopeWatch now on my rifle scope and it tells me the exact temperature and time wherever I'm hunting. Now once it gets over 60 or less then about 35...Im out of the stand..and I really can use it to pattern deer in a given area. I love this thing and only 10 bucks....what a deal.
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