With hunting seasons often starting in early fall, some hunters will get out there right away to get what they need and avoid going out later in the year in bitter cold weather. However, Bob Robb with Grand View Outdoors says hunting in the coldest weather can actually be magical.
While it may not be comfortable being outside in the cold for long, there is a theory behind what Robb calls “bitter hunting.” By the time December and January arrive, many deer are as sick of the cold weather as we are. The deer are tired, and knowing that the weather will continue to decrease in temperature, all they focus on is resting and getting as much food as possible.
Calorie intake is very important for deer as they need their fat reserves to be full again after losing them in the fall. As we know, moving and exercising decreases the amount of calories you intake and deer want to avoid doing that. When they’re trying to build up those fat reserves, deer need to eat as many calories as possible while using little effort. This is great for hunters that are farmers because the deer will move closer to available food – often farmland and plots planted by hunters. If you’re willing to put up with the cold weather, it will be well worth your time to hunt when the deer are tired and hungry!
Read more about winter hunting strategies here.