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Question by whitetailkj. Uploaded on December 08, 2009
never hunted in snow.
I would agree. After the snow falls, especially if it is a deep snowfall, any food sources on the ground become less available, so deer are searching for food that is readily available. Also, depending on where you live, snowfall may trigger deer to seek their wintering grounds. In the Adirondacks, deer are known to travel 20-25 miles to get to their wintering grounds!
also when it snows if the deer will start moving alot sooner for a couple of reasons with the snow coming they have to go out and will find food or head to food grounds before the snow gets to deep they are getting the food while it is still easy to get to but i also have to agree that some deer have wintering grounds and they might be heading there but most likely they will have moved before then but with snow they will move earlier or during snow fall because of the food getting covered and several other reasons
This one is easy. The deer/elk/moose usually lay up during a storm. If it blows in during the day and lasts a day or so, they're not even going to have an opportunity to feed much at night. When the storm clears, they're hungry and they're going to be moving for food. If the temp has dropped a lot in the meantime, they're going to be going for the high energy stuff, i.e. fields. If the storm occurs during the rut, they have yet another reason to get going and play catch up.
Not just snow, but ANY type of major storm will "put them up" for awhile. Then they get up to feed.
Bad weather triggers an instinct to take on food but browse can be more scarce. more animals competing for less food will make them range farther. The tracks of their movement is much more visible in the snow.
that is true that they will move after any big storm but i have also found that not only after a big storm but it the storm isn't to bad they will move during the storm
They take cover during storms and are hungry immediately afterward.
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