Mike: I‘ve heard that bucks move better when the barometer is moving, either rising or falling. Is that right?—Joe from Indiana
Joe: For decades, biologists have been trying to pattern deer activity as related to changes in barometric pressure. To date, nobody has been able to pin it down.
Dr. Grant Woods, one of the top whitetail scientists in America, puts it this way: “I’m confident that deer move before and after significant changes in weather. However, since such changes can’t be predicted more than a few days in advance, there’s no way to plan hunting dates weeks ahead of time. After years of trying to find a pattern, the best I can offer is hunt when you can!”
My personal experience says that the 2-3 high-pressure days after a cold front pushes through your area (and the barometer rises) are better than the low-pressure days before a front.
Mike, man just watched your hunt with Zane in Virginia. That was a awesome hunt. The way everything come together and all the emotions during the hunt really showed what all hunting and the outdoors stand for. I’m glad to see somebody who has done so much for this country get to harvest an awesome deer and be rewarded for all his sacrifices. Truly awesome
That has been my experience too. The clear, cold days after a front has been when I typically experience the best deer movement.
Last week it was like night and day. Warm prefront days would result in only a couple deer being seen, and after the front, 15-20 deer in a day.
Dave, with NC in the middle of this cold front, When are you seeing the most activity? Not trying to hone in on your area of course, just so very limited on time this year, I am doing all I can to make sure I am in the woods as ‘patterns’ dictate.
Appreciate it, good luck.
I haven’t been able to go in a while, but cold and clear like it has been the past two days are the time to be there.