Daytime movement: We're having some certifiably weird weather right now, and I suspect that's going to influence the amount of daytime deer movement we see. If temps continue to stay moderate and snow stays off the radar, this could be a difficult stretch for hunters.
X Factor:** Sudden storms. As noted, the region is in a kind of weather funk right now, and deer movement has been pretty lackadaisical. That said, mid- to late December is famous for sudden snowstorms that can blow in, dump a few inches of snow, and be followed by a week of cold temps. That's what happened a week ago here in Minnesota, and that's what got the buck in the photo above moving. After taking his photo in the middle of the snowstorm, my trail camera also caught him up and about in the middle of the afternoon the next two days. In my opinion, we need a good shot of winter like this once a week!