Those first weeks of Deer bow season had been tough for me. The temperature is up the mid-80s in Western Arkansas. Needless to say one does not have to wear heavy clothing or even long sleeves while hunting during this time. But you still need to wear clothing that matches the environment.
I arrived at one of my stands around 5:00 a.m. the other morning. It was 70 degrees at 6:00 a.m. I settled in and was ready to do what deer hunters do best, patiently wait, and wait A little more. I had the sun to my back as my stand was set up on the west side of a big cedar tree. There was little wind yet I made sure my scent was well covered. Bow hunting in the heat is something one has to get accustomed to if they don’t want to give up a good part of the early season. Early-season hunts require some strategies we can use to succeed when the temperatures are far better for sunbathing than stick-and-stringing.
The most important thing to remember when bow hunting is deer are animals that have to eat. Sooner or later every evening and morning they will have to move to find food. It sounds a bit silly, but in these conditions you really benefit when trying to consider how deer will react in sad conditions. Deer do not like overly warm weather. The more deer move around in these conditions, the more uncomfortable they become. It is a fact that deer will bed very close to food sources in hot weather. When food is scarce and the weather is hot the deer will bed as closely to fields as they can.
An average food crop year is just that, average. There will be areas with considerable amounts of acorns while other areas will be lacking. Finding the food source areas in hot weather will generally allow you to locate the deer. Keep in mind you are looking for areas you can get into quietly in the mornings and evenings. Consider the water source for deer also. This is the other ingredient needed by the deer for their ability to survive and function. It might be noted that the noise of the running water can cover a hunter’s approach. Heavy food production in hot weather is really a benefit for deer. Deer will be moving even less in hot weather with abundant food sources.
This is when the game changes and the bow hunters have to put in the extra effort to be successful. The best option for the hunter is to become mobile, flexible to the conditions. The best deer attractant is a fresh food source. When you begin to look for freshly fallen acorns, you’re thinking like a deer. That is just what they’re looking for. If you chose a spot and don’t have any luck, time to move on. Find a new area that looks promising for your next trip to the woods. You shouldn’t expect the ole’ reliable stand area of years past to work in conditions like these. Rather, search for those fresh food sources and deer droppings. Those are the things you want to look for in hot conditions.