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#3610468 - 09/27/12 11:28 AM Deer movement before, during, and after rain....
Buckfever_1983 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 25
Loc: Texas
Of course on the opening weekend of bow season they are calling for rain on Saturday and Sunday. Ive read that deer move well before and after heavy rains just curious on yalls experiences and opinions.


Edited by Buckfever_1983 (09/27/12 11:36 AM)

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#3610487 - 09/27/12 11:36 AM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: Buckfever_1983]
John Humbert Offline
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 1364
I actually have pics from my game cams this year of multiple deer under the feeder while it is raining.

Deer don't know that rain that is coming is "heavy" or not. However, if it has been raining heavy for a while, after the rain stops - most animals will get up and shake off the coats to remove excess water to keep the underhair dry where it can insulate better. They usually move around a bit when doing this.

If your hunting area has ravines or washouts, a heavy rain can cause rising water in the bottom - any animals in the ravine or draw are very attuned to this and will move - even during a heavy rain - to get to higher elevations away from rising water - even if the "rising water" is only an inch or two - they know they need to take no chances and leave at the very first sign.



Edited by John Humbert (09/27/12 11:37 AM)

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#3610500 - 09/27/12 11:40 AM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: Buckfever_1983]
LandPirate Offline
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Registered: 08/18/09
Posts: 10305
Loc: Buda/Kyle
Especially after rain. Watch the bucks checking their scrapes and re-marking them.

If you have cold weather and prolonged wet conditions, they're going to be moving.

They'll bed up during a heavy rain but when it ends they'll be moving. Several years ago, around Thanksgiving, we had days of solid rain. The Sunday following Thanksgiving, at 1pm, the rain stopped. I headed out to my place, corned a sendero, parked the truck and walked back to my blind. When I got there I found a big ol' mature 11 pt standing in the sendero eating corn. I shot him, field dressed him, loaded him and off to the processor. I was home before 4pm.
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#3610551 - 09/27/12 11:54 AM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: LandPirate]
ZombieGun Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
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Loc: Forney, TX
If its a hazy light mist, stay out in it as long as it lasts. They move like crazy in that stuff.
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#3610561 - 09/27/12 11:56 AM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: ZombieGun]
Buckfever_1983 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 25
Loc: Texas
Thats what I'm hoping for. First time bow hunting so it should be interesting. We'll see how the weather holds out

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#3610566 - 09/27/12 11:57 AM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: Buckfever_1983]
txshntr Online   content
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 30502
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
I love hunting in the rain.
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#3610590 - 09/27/12 12:05 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: txshntr]
buck-snort Offline
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Registered: 12/02/10
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Hunting after a good rain is about the only time I see hogs at my lease. So I am hoping to get to hunt in the rain as well. Seems like everything moves more after a good rain
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#3610663 - 09/27/12 12:21 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: buck-snort]
Huntsmanda Offline
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Registered: 09/02/10
Posts: 612
About normal movement before rain, no movement during the rain (steady or heavy) and good movement after a (steady or heavy) rain. Light rain/mist is usually pretty good too.
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#3610702 - 09/27/12 12:29 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: ZombieGun]
ChrisB Online   content
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 552
Loc: Prosper , TX
Originally Posted By: ZombieGun
If its a hazy light mist, stay out in it as long as it lasts. They move like crazy in that stuff.

This. My best day last year was a misting rain all day.

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#3610716 - 09/27/12 12:32 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: ChrisB]
hook_n_line Offline
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Registered: 01/20/12
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My favorite days are misty or light rain. The deer move along the tree lines all day.
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#3610719 - 09/27/12 12:33 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: ChrisB]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Rain has been such a rare event most deer look at it as a weather change as it is. I have had great look hunting in rain or drizzle. Had a hunter kill a upper 190's buck opening afternoon in the pooring rain. He and another buck ate corn for 40 minutes in the rain before the hunter could get his shot at him. It rained almost 3" that evening. I love to rattle/hunt in mid 40's temps and drizzle in the rut in South Texas.
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#3610851 - 09/27/12 01:18 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: stxranchman]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
Posts: 9550
IMO, one of the best times to be in the woods is right after a lengthy rain, albeit heavy or light.
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#3611469 - 09/27/12 04:19 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: Texas Dan]
E. TX Daddy Offline
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Registered: 09/26/11
Posts: 398
We'll find out this weekend!!
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#3612158 - 09/27/12 08:43 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: E. TX Daddy]
Deerdown99 Offline
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Registered: 11/03/11
Posts: 750
Loc: Rowlett Texas
Originally Posted By: E. TX Daddy
We'll find out this weekend!!



Yeap Me 2 going to rattle with my cheap bag and in the rain im sure....
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#3612166 - 09/27/12 08:45 PM Re: Deer movement before, during, and after rain.... [Re: Deerdown99]
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 41283
Loc: Kingwood
I;ve had them out on the feeders in heavy rain and lightning storms.. usually see them around feeders before rains & on the food plots after rain...after rains is also when the hogs decide to come out in full force.

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