What does a 20 degree temp drop, a drastically rising barometric pressure, clear skies and a dark evening moon equal? An incredible early season deer forecast! Add that it follows extreme weather factors of thunderstorms and high winds, and it wouldn't matter if this was an early season, peak rut or late season forecast - it's time to hit the woods!
*When temps and pressure meet, bucks will be On Their Feet!
Best Deer Forecast Details
While a slight increase in deer forecast sit quality can take place just before a major front, the real level of quality takes place directly after the front slams thru. Think about it. Major winds, extreme weather, drastically increased deer stress levels, missed feedings and falling temperatures all rob deer of energy reserves. It doesn't matter if it's August or November, after a cold front slams thru, you can bet that the entire deer herd will experience the need to feed heavily to replenish energy reserves. My favorite time to hunt is during the calm, cold and clear period of time, right after the front passes.
Forecasted Deer Movement Details
While a major cold front may urge deer to move, without the exception of the rut, I wouldn't expect mature bucks to move much greater distances than they already do during at 24 hour period. Instead, for that monster buck that you have scouted and discovered to move just before daylight or after dark, you can potentially expect him to move during shooting hours instead. For those hunters that wait on a great front to pass before going in for the kill, the hunger pains of storms can often reward your patience for the perfect deer forecast.
*The above story of a 2016 5 year old buck was named Diego, was killed during the morning sit of an outstanding evening and morning combo hunt from two different treestands, on October 30th and 31st. He was first seen during the evening sit in the lower elevations of the property, and then killed above in a morning stand near his bedding area.
Temp drops, rising barometric pressure, wind reduction and extreme weather shut downs are all the ingredients of the best weather forecast days for deer! While I use this coming week's forecast details as an example, what my hope for you is to learn from these details, and then apply them to not only this entire season's hunt strategy, but for decades of hunting season weather forecasts to come. The best deer forecast that you can follow, is the forecast that you take from your own home town and then apply directly to your own hunting opportunities too follow. Good Luck!