Tactics

Use Weather Apps to Improve Your Hunting

August 11, 2021

Doug Howlett

Doug Howlett

The Weather Channel along with an arm’s long list of weather apps have become essential gear for sportsmen, particularly deer hunters. Regardless of the time of season, check the weather daily with an eye on forecasts 3 to 5 days out. They are more reliable than 10-day forecasts as that leaves too much time for conditions to change. 

Using the Weather to Your Advantage 

When you identify a front of nasty weather, particularly colder weather (ideally snow, the nastier the better), moving in, do whatever you can to get off work and get out to the woods. Deer will move like crazy within that 12-hour window before the front rolls in. So, suit up and tough it out like it’s game day. This is the absolute best time to catch a buck on the hoof, particularly after the rut as they are looking to restore their energy from eating in preparation for the most brutal stretch of winter. 

Can get out there on the front edge of the storm (which is the best time to work weather conditions), don’t give up yet. Sitting on a stand as the storm subsides can also pay dividends as deer that have hunkered down for a day or two get up to stretch and begin feeding again. 

Utilizing Weather Apps to Enhance Your Hunting Success

  1. Plan Your Hunt: Before heading into the woods or fields, check your weather app for the latest forecasts. Pay attention to wind direction, precipitation, and temperature. Understanding these factors can help you choose the right gear and hunting spot for the day.
  2. Wind Matters: Animals have a keen sense of smell, so knowing the wind direction is crucial. Many apps provide wind speed and direction data. Use this information to position yourself downwind of your prey, increasing your chances of remaining undetected.
  3. Temperature and Activity: Game animals are influenced by temperature changes. Monitor temperature trends on your weather app to predict when animals are more likely to be active. Cooler mornings and evenings are often prime times for hunting.
  4. Precipitation Predictions: Rain and snow can affect both animal behavior and your comfort. Being prepared for precipitation with appropriate gear can make your hunt more enjoyable and successful.
  5. Safety First: Weather apps are not just for hunting success but also for safety. Stay informed about severe weather conditions, such as thunderstorms or extreme cold, that could endanger your well-being.
  6. Long-Term Planning: Some apps offer extended forecasts, helping you plan hunting trips weeks in advance. This can be especially helpful for big-game hunting or hunting in remote areas.

Incorporating weather apps into your hunting routine can significantly improve your success rate while keeping you safe and comfortable in the great outdoors. Embrace technology to become a more effective and responsible hunter.

Read more about weather apps on iSportsmanUSA.

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