Bad vs Good Weather Conditions for Hunting (Deer & Duck)

Weather conditions affect almost every aspect of our lives. If you have children, then you may have noticed that weather patterns tend to affect their behavior patterns in their everyday lives. This is as true in the animal kingdom as it is in ours. Understanding the way weather affects prey is key to the success of the hunter in today’s world.

This guide will review various weather patterns and how these weather patterns affect the behavior of both deer and ducks. Outdoor sportsmen who learn to gain a good grasp on how the weather affects these animals stand a fair chance of coming home with a good dinner next time they head out on a hunt.

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Storms

Barometric pressure describes the weather in terms of whether or not a storm is brewing. For this, an at-home weather station is worth looking at. These are also a great investment for deer or duck hunting camps where access to the internet could be limited.

For the hunter, barometric pressure can be a good indication of whether or not their prey is going to be active enough to be easily spotted.

Duck

The duck hunter is lucky on a rainy, stormy day. One of the major benefits of rainy or stormy weather is that clouds protect the hunter from gun barrel glare caused by the sun. Ducks tend to wake and be most active during the day meaning that hunters will need to be active during daylight as well.

If a storm is brewing, ducks will take notice of intensifying wind, rain, or hail and sleet. Ducks, like humans, will take cover under banks, trees, or other protection during a storm. For the duck hunter, being proactive will likely pay off big time during a storm. Setting out decoys near where you plan to hunt is a smart idea before a storm. The decoys will attract other ducks seeking shelter to gather with the decoys. 

In short, do not let a little rainy weather forecast stop you from heading out on a duck hunt. Storms and rain are the duck hunter’s friends.

Deer

Much like the duck, the deer is affected by the weather. However, deer are not afraid to get a little wet, so if the forecast is looking like rain or wind, then the deer hunter should probably not shy away from his daily hunt. Deer are not affected by rainfall and will likely still maintain their movement patterns even in a rain that is uncomfortable for humans. 

Deer are hardly going to be affected by a little rain. So, investing in a covered deer blind is a good idea for the avid deer hunter. Like any hobby, deer hunting is going to require a little investment. Buying a cover can keep you from getting wet while hunting deer during the rain.


Sunny Days


Sunny days are more tough for both the deer and the duck hunter. However, that should not deter you from heading out on a hunt. After all, there are only so many hunting days within a season. Just because it is sunny, does not mean you will not get a duck or deer.

Duck

Duck swimming on sea surface in sunny day

Duck swimming on river surface in sunny day.

One of the issues with a sunny day is that ducks have the freedom to move and fly freely. On a stormy day, ducks tend to bunch up and stay still this makes them an easy kill. On the other hand, when ducks have the freedom to move about, they are harder to hit. This presents a nice challenge for the hunter.

Deer

Most skilled deer hunters understand that deer move more freely at dusk and at dawn than they do during the sunniest parts of the day. Deer understand that large clearings exhibit danger for them, and they are less likely to enter a large clearing in the sunshine. This is why many hunters visit deer stands in the early mornings and late evenings.

On the other hand, a sunny day is extremely beneficial to the deer hunter using dogs as a strategy. Clear sunny days improve the deer hunter’s vision and ability to hit his or her target. This means that both a hunter and a dog are more likely to spot a deer.


Freezing Temperatures

Hunting season tends to revolve around the colder months for duck and deer hunters. These challenges are ones that experienced hunters tend to be more prepared for. However, experienced hunters need to understand exactly how it is that these cold temperatures are going to affect their prey. This can bring about a greater chance for reward for the hunter.

Duck

Ducks are greatly affected by cold weather trends. In fact, ducks are more likely to be more active in colder temperatures which can be a big help for the duck hunter. Due to increased calorie burning, ducks need to increase to two feeds per day. This means they are more likely to be on the water. However, if the water is cold enough to freeze then a duck may migrate to an easier feeding source.

As a hunter, you need to understand the water sources you tend to hunt. Ducks are going to naturally hang out at the warmest area of a moving stream of water because it is the least likely to freeze. This needs to be your spot!

Deer

Freezing weather does not affect deer as it affects us, their bodies are built for handling freezing temperatures. Your biggest challenge will be keeping yourself warm while hunting for deer in freezing temperatures, so you may need to get some warm camouflage jackets and long johns first.

Read more: The Best Cold Weather Hunting Boots You Need To Buy Now!


Final Thoughts

Weather affects different animals in different ways, but weather should not be a major deterrent to hunters in most circumstances. On the contrary, understanding the weather can become an advantage for the skilled hunter. Ducks and deer may behave differently in different types of weather and understanding these changes can bring about a big reward in the end game.

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