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what time of day is best to hunt deer?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by plainsman, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. plainsman

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    I have hunted from 1/2 hour before sunrise to about 9am and from 3 pm to dark. Is there any other times that is good to hunt deer?
     
  2. PISTOLHUNTER

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    Hunting by the moon phase has worked best for me. My gps has this feature and it shows the good and best times for each day.
     

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    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    Run the same cycles them there critters do.'08.
     
  4. vafish

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    The mornings and evenings are the best time to see them,

    But honestly the deer are in the woods, not back at the cabin taking a nap. If you want to kill deer you have to spend time in the woods. I've bounced plenty of deer up out of their beds sneaking around in the middle of the day. If you coordinate your movements with a couple other hunters you usually end up bouncing them past each other.

    If you are hunting on public land, hunting during the times that other hunters are coming and going will get deer chased past you as well. So if the other hunters are doing what you have been doing, leaving the woods at 9 AM and coming back at 3 PM, then staying in to woods until 10:30 AM and being back out there at 2 PM may produce some results too.

    But I prefer to pack my lunch with me, be in my stand before the sun comes up and not come back to camp until it's dark. (unless I get a deer first.)
     
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  5. 93GT

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    They may act different during hunting season. I have had the best luck by scouting when they move through the area I am hunting and getting in the woods early on opening day. After that you just have to spend time in the woods like the poster above stated.
     
  6. noway

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    Most of my deer killed have been after 08:00 and before 11:30. It all depends on alot of factors;

    weather
    pressure
    location
    maj/min feeding times
    etc...
     
  7. duncan

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    Ding ding ding.
    Full moon phase.
     
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  8. vafish

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    While moon phase definitely affects the movements of animals, and I pay attention to it, I wouldn't leave the field just because my GPS said it wasn't a good time to hunt. Lots of other things effect the movement of deer too.


    If you have a limited amount of time that you can hunt focusing on the moon phase can help. But if you got all day, stay in the woods all day.
     
  9. alwaysshootin

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    Something I have learned over the years, is hunting pressure can make deer move throughout the day, so as mentioned, if you can be out dawn till dusk do so. I will tell you this, and my experience has worked twice this year. Midday, in the winter months, and I got one at 1 PM, opening day gun season. Just the other day, the third day of muzzle loader here in Ohio, my son saw 14 deer feeding at 2 PM, and shot a perfect doe for the freezer. Have no idea the moon phase, just know this time of year, see a ton of deer during the midday hours. Not saying they weren't moving at first light, wouldn't know, but can say for certain, they were moving between noon ant 3 PM.
     
  10. RJ Schuknecht

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    If I have all day to hunt, then I hunt all day. If I was going to quit at 9:00am, I wouldn't even bother going out. When I am only going for a morning hunt, I still like to stay on stand until 10:30.
     
  11. CanyonMan

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    As some have already said.... earlyam and late pm et. I agree.

    But, I have taken probably more deer, during the hours of 10:30A-3:00P, while some love sick buck was checking a scrape, or simply sniffin the wind and milling around lookin for love. Don't discount the 'high noon type' hours. Stay out there and be patient. You don't have to sit in one spot all day. No rules in stone here. But most guys go in after 10/11:00am, and miss out on mr big. He's still out there ya know, even after you go in. ;)


    Good hunting to ya .


    CanyonMan
     
  12. noway

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    LOL on that line
     
  13. CanyonMan

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  14. Rockjock

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    I also think 1/2 hour before sun rise is too late....I would be in a least a hour before first light.
     
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    the best time to hunt deer is whenever you can go. i usually take 2 or 3 per year and have killed bucks and does in wind, rain, heat, different moon phases, ideal conditions etc, etc, etc. deer are individuals like people, dogs ... some are smarter than others. deer move for countless reasons and there are too many scenarios to try and figure it all out. deer have habits or tendancies and some can be patterned to some extent but nothing is for sure everyday. the big ticket is to be in the woods and not home.
     
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    ditto on all counts
     
  17. Peace Warrior

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    If work is only letting you be a weekend warrior... go early and stay out.

    I like to be set up by 5AM and sit for sunrise. I use a small flash light with a red filter EXTREMELY SPARINGLY when going to "my" spot in the morning. The ones coming in at or near sunrise will move a lot of deer around. if you are set up and waiting, you have the best chance of getting one of these deer.

    like others have basically stated I wholeheartedly agree with, "the longer (i.e. more time) you spend in the woods overall, the more successful you will be."
     
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    Early morning or late evenings in Kansas. I prefer the late evenings. I see more and have killed 99% of my deer then.
     
  19. 1glock

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    My best times are later morning (9:00-10:00AM).
    I thinks its because a lot of early morning hunters are going out and moving the deers around.
     
  20. Poppa Bear

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    Some of my best hunting areas have water available along with decent cover. In the early morning hours they are in the fields feeding. A bit after sunrise they start to move towards their daytime bedding areas located around the ponds or in the wooded areas above the water.

    I just wait for the other hunters to push them out of the fields or out of their bedding areas as they start driving the treelines in the midday, or as they leave the field to head back into town for a cup of coffee or a midday nap.
     
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