Hunting Whitetail Deer in Winter Time
Winter is arguably the best and easiest time to hunt whitetail deer. In order to make the most out of this unique hunting time in Ohio, you must understand how deer move and how to use the weather to your advantage.
As winter brings freezing temperatures, the deer begin to move less. Deer stay bedded and seek sheltered areas to protect themselves from the elements. With this behavior in mind, you should be looking for areas where deer are likely to congregate to stay warm. If it has snowed, you will be able to track movement more easily. The snow will make it easy to track the deer’s prints so you can follow them. A snowfall also makes it very easy to spot a deer you have shot as blood will be very visible.
The more often you are in the woods, the more likely you are able to find what you are looking for. It can be difficult to stay out in the freezing, relentless temperatures but that is what it takes to find a good harvest. It is vital to the outcome of your hunt that you have the proper gear to keep you warm and safe. To keep you warm and full of energy it would be a smart idea to pack snacks and water. As far as your gear goes, you want the outer layer of your gear to be water-resistant to keep you dry and the inner layer to keep you warm. Make sure to wear boots that will keep your feet warm and dry. The last thing you want when hunting is to develop frostbite.
Freezing temperatures limit whitetail’s food source, so a good tip to follow is that if you find the food source, you will find the deer. Depending on the climate you are hunting in you may look for winter wheat or covered crops. Deer are creatures of habit, especially when it comes to where they congregate in the winter. The less they move the less energy they use. This can make tracking whitetail easy. Make sure to use your trail cameras, because they will be able to help you more than you may think.
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