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Published by shellshocked outdoors on 02 Nov 2009

Bow Hunting in Hot Weather

Bow Hunting in hot weather

That first week of Deer bow season had been tough for me. The temperature is always up the mid-80s in Western Arkansas. Needless to say one does not have to wear heavy clothing or even long sleeves while hunting during this time.

I arrived at one of my stands around 5:00 a.m. My stand was located on the south side of a 140 acre farm, facing north about 15 feet from one of the most heavily traveled deer trails on the property. From my stand you could see an open field and a beautiful pond on the other side of it. I settled in and was ready to do what deer hunters do best, patiently wait, and wait A little more. Fifteen minutes later to my surprise a beautiful 9 point buck strolled right past me. I released a beautiful shot hitting him right above the right shoulder. I had that buck checked in and was eating my breakfast at the coffee shop by 8:00 a.m. Bow hunting in the heat is something one has to get accustomed to if they don’t want to give up a good part of the early season. Early-season hunts require some strategies we can use to succeed when the temperatures are far better for sunbathing than stick-and-stringing.

The most important thing to remember when bow hunting is deer are wild animals that have to eat to survive, sooner or later every evening and morning they will have to move to find food. It sounds a bit silly, but in these conditions you really benefit when trying to consider how deer will react in sad conditions. Deer do not like overly warm weather, just like a lot of us. After shedding their summer coats, deer are prepared for colder weather, even if the weather is still hot. Deer are a lot like humans in heat, the high temperatures and humidity affect them also. The more they move around in these conditions, the more uncomfortable they become.  It is a fact that deer will bed very close to food sources in this kind of weather. When food is scarce and the weather is hot the deer will bed as closely to fields as they can also. Even though you might be hunting in closer quarters, your deer stand needs to be back far enough from bedding areas so deer will not see you entering your stand. 

An average food crop year is just that, average.  There will be areas with considerable amounts of acorns while other areas will be lacking. Finding the food source areas in hot weather will generally allow you to locate the deer.  Keep in mind you are looking for areas you can get into in the mornings and evenings with spooking the deer in the area. Consider the water source for deer also.  This is the other ingredient needed by the deer for their ability to survive and function.  It might be noted that the noise of the running water can cover a hunter’s approach. While on the subject of water, I have not found that positioning my stand near a water source will improve my chances of harvesting a deer in hot weather.  Deer gain sufficient moisture from the foods they eat during the early part of the season.  

Heavy food production in hot weather is really a benefit for deer.  Deer will be moving even less in hot weather with abundant food sources.  Reports of deer sightings during such years are pretty low and thus the harvest numbers tend to drop.

This is when the game changes and the bow hunters have to put in the extra effort to be successful.  The best option for the hunter is to become mobile, flexible to the conditions.  The best deer attractant is a fresh food source.  When you begin to look for freshly fallen acorns, you’re thinking like a deer.  That is just what they’re looking for.  If you chose a spot and don’t have any luck, time to move on.  Find a new area that looks promising for your next trip to the woods.  You shouldn’t expect the ole’ reliable stand area of years past to work in conditions like these in early season bow hunting.  Rather, search for those fresh food sources and deer droppings.  Those are the things you want to look for in these conditions. 

Jim “Duckie” Newcomb Shell Shocked Outdoors www.shellshockedoutdoors.com

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Published by EGC001 on 31 Oct 2009

Tuning Issues

I am trying to get my bow tuned up. Shooting a whisker biscuit @ 66 lbs. I have tried everything that I can think of and can’t get the bullet hole that I normally get when tuning a bow. I always get a high tear. I have moved the rest all over the place but still get the same tear. Shooting with a d-loop so moving the nock set around really isn’t an option.  Any suggestions?

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Published by hunt ky on 29 Oct 2009

no peep

Any one had luck with getting away from using a peep sight and going to a no peep sight?

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Published by Steve06 on 27 Oct 2009

Peep Site

Recently I purchased a used Alpine Micro. The past owner had a small peep site installed on it and I want to put a larger one on it. Is there a way to change these out without having to take it to a shop? This bow is for my wife and is smaller and has a less draw weight than mine and I’ve noticed I can put tension on the cams which allows the string to have slack and with and extra set of hands take the string off. Would this help me in changing out the site?

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Published by casemaniam on 09 Oct 2009

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Published by MadMax92 on 06 Oct 2009

PSE Bows

I have an older PSE Bow but it is about 2 inches too long for me I am looking for a PSE bow that has a 27in draw length that will fit me to make things easier if any of you can help me out I would greatly appreciate it.

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Published by gibson lp on 06 Oct 2009

need compound

i have a bear recurve black panther 45/50 pound draw i need a compound any thing beetween 50 -65 pound draw

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Published by sarah on 06 Oct 2009

Sarahs First Buck with a Bow

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i stayed out of school all day because i wasnt feeling well, but later on in the day i started to feel a little better. i decided i would go hunting that afternoon. my dad wasnt home so i just got ready by myself and went out and got in my stand. i sat out there for about and hour and a half and finally saw my deer. she was about 42 yards away and i decided i was going to take the shot with my bow. i was confident that i missed. i call my dad to get him to come help me look for my arrow. we search and search and cant find it, but what i do find is blood drops on a leaf. so we set out following the blood trail. we do this for about two hours when we come upon my deer laying in a creek bed. i shone my flashlight on its head and see antlers! a spike! what a good surprise. (:

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Published by kanddshop on 06 Oct 2009

Darton Avalanche Bow

Looking for a Darton Avalanche Bow for sale. Please contact me with any information. I would like to find one a couple/few years old, preferably.

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Published by golong on 06 Oct 2009

colorado archery elk guides

im looking for a 2010 archery elk hunt and am looking into the n.w area of colorado, any recommendations on guides. i have spoken to the badger creek outfitter and am pleased with my conversations, has anyone ever used them. thanks

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