Is it morning, evening, or the middle of the day when deer are most active? Do deer move when it rains, or do they like it when it’s dry? Like every other hunter I know, I want to make the most of my time in the woods. If you know when deer are likely to be moving, you have a much better chance of getting the biggest buck of your life.
Most species of deer are active when there isn’t much light, like at dawn or dusk. However, there are times when you can see them moving around all day. This includes things like the rut and changes in how the weather usually works.
Check out the rest of this article to learn more about how deer behave and how you can use this to your advantage.
Are Deer More Active Before Dawn Or Dusk?
There isn’t much proof that deer are more active in the morning before sunrise or in the evening just before the sun goes down.
Different hunters have had different experiences, so they all have their own ideas about when deer are the most active. In fact, many hunters swear by spending the whole day in their tree stands. They say that the really big bucks tend to move when no one is looking.
After doing a lot of research on this topic, most people agree that deer tend to move better in the hours before dawn.
I happen to agree with you! When I hunt in the morning, I see a lot more deer and do better than when I hunt in the evening.
Some hunters, on the other hand, have different thoughts. Some hunters thought that deer move around more in the evening because they had been sleeping all day and were hungry and ready to start looking for food.
Does The Weather Affect When Deer Move?
Changes in the weather have been shown to affect how and where deer move. Still, the research isn’t very solid, and most hunters know that just when you think you have a smart animal figured out, it does something that makes you question everything you thought you knew about it.
But there are 4 kinds of weather that you might want to think about before planning your next hunt.
If it’s pouring hard, a deer will probably move to a safer place and stay there until the rain stops. A light rain, on the other hand, probably won’t slow them down too much.
Rain does affect how deer move. That’s because rain affects a deer’s senses and washes away the molecules in the air that deer use to smell danger and warn themselves.
Deer might be less likely to move when it’s raining because of this, not because they don’t like getting wet.
Rain can also soak the ground cover, which makes the leaves and other plants wet. Deer rely a lot on their hearing to warn them of danger. If they can’t hear the crackling of leaves or the snapping of twigs, predators looking for an easy meal can take advantage of them.
Because of this, people think that they just stay put when it rains.
Scientists at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Oklahoma found that wind speed didn’t affect how far whitetail deer traveled over a seven-year period.
But even if wind speed doesn’t directly affect how a deer moves, it does affect where it moves.
High winds can make it hard for a deer to spot a predator, so they will change their patterns to make up for it.
Deer are also more stressed out when there is a lot of wind.
Even though these two things won’t stop deer from moving, they will probably try to find places where the wind won’t bother them.
I’m sure that cold weather changes how deer move throughout the day, and no, I don’t think it’s because they’re cold and need to keep moving to stay warm. By the way, that was a joke!
Barometric pressure changes affect all animals, including fish, and deer are no exception. Whether the barometer is “rising,” “steady,” or “falling,” deer will change where they sleep, eat, and move.
When a cold front is coming, the pressure will drop. This will make a deer want to eat more. Because of this instinct, deer will be active right before and after a front goes by.
Even though deer need to eat before the front comes, they will stay where they are until the bad weather is over. Since they haven’t eaten in a while, they will look for food as soon as things calm down.
I don’t think that the moon has any effect on how much a deer moves at all.
Many hunters think that because the moon can change how fish bite, it will also change how deer bite.
The most common explanation for this is that when there is a full moon, deer tend to eat less or not at all because there is more light. This makes them move less.
But an article by Mossy Oak and a study by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences show that the long-held belief that the moon’s phases affect how deer move is not true.
This backs up what I’ve always thought: that the moon’s phases do not affect how a deer moves.
What Time Of The Year Are Deer The Most Active?
Big bucks usually let their guard down during the rut and move around more. This is the time of year when deer breed. It usually lasts from the first week of October to the end of January, with November being the busiest month.
It’s a well-known fact that bucks, especially big bucks, move differently during the rut in order to find who is ready to mate. A small number of them will act like nomads and travel far from their home base to find does to breed with.
Most will stay close to home and protect their doe from wandering bucks who want to mate with her.
During the rut, you can count on deer to move around all day. This is a popular time of year for hunters to go hunting.
During the rut, some hunters caught more big bucks than at any other time of the hunting season.
Will Deer Move Differently When Threatened Or Pressured?
When put under pressure, deer will move in different ways. Have you ever wondered why that trophy buck you saw in the summer is nowhere to be found when the season starts?
Deer, especially big bucks, are very alert animals that know when hunters are getting too close to their territory.
If they feel threatened, they probably won’t stay around for long.
But you can be sure they will still be there if there is food. They will just move very slowly and carefully.
Do Deers Die When They Get Hit?
Deer enjoy roaming around. They will cross the street if necessary. However, they are sometimes careless when crossing the road, which causes them to be hit by cars or motorcycles.
A deer is unlikely to survive a collision. They usually perish. However, their injuries are treatable and can be saved with your assistance. If the deer flees after being hit, you will never see it again. You can visually inspect for injuries if you hit the deer and it becomes injured.
Most deer die when they get hit. However, it still depends on the car’s or motorcycle’s speed. The deer’s chances of surviving the collision are slim if it is swift. There are numerous cases like this in countries where deer are plentiful.
With your assistance, deer injuries from collisions can be treated, and the animal saved. Leaving the deer alone after hitting it will help them die quickly due to injuries.
While many hunters will spend countless hours in their tree stands at any time of day, the majority prefer to hunt when deer are on the move.
Although deer movements can and will change due to various factors, including the rut, when they are most active, dusk and dawn will always be the best times of day when deer are most active.