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10 pro tricks for hunting late-season whitetails



Snowstorms affect deer movements more than any other type of weather. Study the forecast to watch for incoming storms and the preceding drop in barometric pressure. These amazing animals sense barometric pressure changes, telling them nasty weather is on the way. And because storms greatly reduce their sensory capabilities, they’ll go on a feeding frenzy in case they have to hunker down for a few days to ride out the squall. With the deer active, that makes this one of the best times to hunt in the late season.


The same happens within eight hours after a major winter system passes through. The deer will once again be ravenous, feeding more boldly than normal. Throughout the late season, keep in mind that deer don’t like high winds, so avoid heading out on cold, blustery days and spare yourself the windburn, or worse.