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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-01-2018, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Stayed in this morning

Thought about going out early, but -1 here in the Harrisburg area.Sure it is colder elsewhere.Not worth it to me at this point.My experience they do not move when it is this cold first thing.Maybe if temps rise they wil move alittle later?They may not move at all to conserve energy?May be a good day to catch them in their beds.

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Did the same this morning. I was out early most of last week and my experience was that I was seeing little movement early but would see them moving around lunch and early afternoon. So I'll head out then.
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It was -4 when I got up at 6 this morning in Lancaster Co., an hour later it was -5, it is now back to -4. Not a morning to be on stand.
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Aw,c,mon guys.I was gonna go out and have a picnic.
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The last Mzl harvest a few years ago on the last Friday of season was during a good cold snap and fresh snow while walking and caught one feeding at around 1pm with temps in the teens.Next day it was zero at day break and put on drives and had deer moving then after lunch we saw one in it's bed and it never saw us walking by and just layed there till it had a rnd ball put thru it.Only ran a little way after.I think the real cold almost seems to put them in a trance sometimes?Anyone else feel that way.
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I slept in as well, more so as a result of last evenings festivities than anything, but also on account of the negative temps. Will plan to head out around lunch ish and make an afternoon of it.
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8 below zero here ! That beyond my limits?

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post #8 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-01-2018, 11:13 AM
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They conserve energy by bedding down more in colder weather.

-7 below here at daylight.

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I have family obligations today that kept me out of the woods, need my pork & sauerkraut for good luck.

My opinion is that, deer like humans and other animals, burn more calories when it's bitter cold. Since more calories are burned staying warm, then it reasons that more calories need to be consumed. Hence deer need to eat more, which in turn causes them to move more at times when they normally wouldn't.

Also, with several inches of snow on the ground, I have to think it takes more time for the deer to find and consume certain foods, such as acorns. And then, since it takes more time and energy, it requires more calories, which all ties in with the need to spend more time eating.

Of course, the deer will still need rest and will bed down. Maybe, since their rest time is limited, they will rest more soundly, leaving them more vulnerable to predators like us?

I could be wrong on all this, but I'd bet that the deer will spend less time bedded down during times of severe winter temps than at any other time of the year. And when they do bed down, it'll be fairly close to their food source....

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