Many areas of the country have already seen snow this season and winter will only bring more snowstorms. A snowstorm might not sound like the most fun conditions to hunt in, but our Stump blinds will keep you warm so you can hunt all day and take advantage of being able to observe fresh deer tracks. Check out this week’s blog for tips on hunting and scouting in snowy conditions.
Hunting immediately after a fresh snowfall, after the snow has settled but before it starts to melt, gives a hunter the unique opportunity to track a deer’s prints directly. The conditions of the ground have to be right, soft soil, fresh mud, or snow, for a hunter to vividly see deer prints in the ground. Hunting or scouting after a fresh snowfall can give you valuable insight into a deer’s path. If you have a Feedbank Gravity Deer Feeder or Wild Water® System on your property, see if there are prints going to and from your food and water sources. If so, track them as far as you can. Those prints might lead you to the herd’s bedding area. If so, concentrate on that route for the rest of the deer season. Set up shop in your Stump blind or hunt on foot somewhere right in the middle of the trail. You don’t want to hunt on top of the food source or their bedding area, so focus on the area in between the two places.
While fresh tracks are a major advantage, the ease of which you can leave tracks in the snow is also a disadvantage. If you can see the deer herd’s prints, they’re likely going to notice yours as well. This could alert them to your presence, so be careful. This also means you’ll be able to see other hunters’ tracks in the snow. If you’re seeing a lot of boot tracks in a particular area, that’s probably not going to be the best place to hunt at that moment. That area is likely too pressured, so it might be beneficial to wait and come back to that area later.
Dressing for the Cold
If it’s cold enough to snow, that means it’s cold enough to layer up. Our Stump blinds are heavily insulated, which means they’re designed to keep sound in and extreme temperatures out. You’ll be comfortable all day, even as you watch the snow fall outside. Dress in layers before you venture out to your Stump blind. Make sure you have a water-resistant coat to repel the snow as you walk to your blind. Have a moisture-wicking layer as your base layer so that you don’t start to sweat during the walk. Sweating might seem like a wild concept when it’s snowing out but if you’re bundled up, your body is going to start overheating regardless of the temperature outside your layers. Having a moisture-wicking layer as the bottom layer ensures that your sweat will evaporate. Otherwise, your sweat will only make you colder. Cotton materials absorb sweat, but because it’s a heavier material, it will stay wet. If your clothes stay wet, you’ll stay cold. Your body won’t be able to regulate its temperature because it will constantly be trapped in by the wet shirt. A moisture-wicking layer will dry quickly so that your skin stays dry. This will allow your body to regulate your temperature more efficiently.
Whether you’re scouting on foot or actively hunting from your Stump blind, you can have a successful and enjoyable experience in snowy conditions. Use the fresh snowfall as an opportunity to follow deer tracks. Don’t let the freezing temperatures keep you home; Our Stump blinds will keep you warm on your hunting excursion, even in the snow.
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