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How Tropical Weather Affects Deer Patterns

With the uniform elevation of the state, even an increase in the water level of an inch or two floods a great deal of land. (Photo courtesy of FloridaSportsman.com)
With the uniform elevation of the state, even an increase in the water level of an inch or two floods a great deal of land. (Photo courtesy of FloridaSportsman.com)

How does tropical weather affect deer hunting?

If you’re like me, when magazine articles or television shows mention that the deer movement has all shut down because the daytime temperature has gotten up to the seventies, a bit of a smile plays on your lips. While that may be true up north, our deer would waste away through atrophy and starvation while waiting for the few days per year they were allowed to move! Florida deer and Florida hunting differ from that of most of the rest of the country. One way is the weather itself. How does the tropical weather affect deer hunting here?

First off, the warmer temperatures mean hunters deposit more olfactory evidence behind and around them. We often sweat when we are scouting, hanging stands, walking to stands and climbing stands. To a deer’s nose, out trails smell rank. Northern hunters enjoy the luxury of their scent, warmer than the surrounding air, rising and drifting away above the nostrils of wary whitetails. Here, there is little difference between body temperature and ambient temperature and our scent is seldom likely to lift above ground level. Attention to minimizing scent and awareness of the wind become paramount.

Most hunters believe remaining still on the stand is a cardinal rule of deer hunting. Much of our season is warm enough that mosquitoes, turkey gnats and deer flies issue serious challenges to Florida hunters who wish to adhere to the rule. (There are good sides to our weather as well. Very seldom do we need to bundle up to the degree we might be mistaken for the character in the Michelin commercials!)

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STARTING SEP 17, 2018
STARTING SEP 17, 2018