Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 marks the opening day of hunting season for many hunters in 25 states. To some others, their hunting season will be winding down.
Weather is a very important factor to consider before you head out. Rain, fog, wind, snow and bitter cold all play a role in the success of a hunt.
Before you leave, check the weather to find out what the temperature will be in your area. This is important for a couple of reasons. First, you may have to dress warmly for early morning low temperatures. Consider layering your clothing so you can remove some if the day heats up while hunting.
Second, if luck is with you and you bag a deer, keep in mind that at temperatures of 50 degrees F or higher the deer should be cooled down quickly to keep the meat from spoiling, according to AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist David Dombek.
Heavy rain will make it difficult for you to remain dry. Deer also tend to bed down and remain still in rain.
Fog, rain and heavy snow can all limit visibility. The best hunting conditions are dry conditions.
Experienced hunters know that a blanket of snow on the ground can be good for tracking a wounded deer. It is also easier to see the brown deer against the white background.
Wind can hinder the hunt in two ways. If the wind is very strong, it could make it difficult to hear an approaching deer. The wind can also carry a human scent to the deer, making them run. Find out if it will be windy and from which direction the winds will come. You should try to find a location that is downwind of the deer.
Weather for Monday's Hunt
Dress warmly as it is a chilly morning in most locations across the U.S. The lowest temperatures are in the north central states such as the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. The temperatures range from the single digits in North Dakota to mid to upper 20s in Michigan Monday morning.
By afternoon, the temperatures will warm slightly, with high temperatures ranging from the upper twenties to mid-40s in some places.
Those hunting in the Northeast states from New Hampshire south to Virginia will experience the morning temperatures in the low 20s to low 30s at daybreak. The high temperatures will settle in the mid-40s to low 50s.
In the southern U.S., from Texas to Mississippi and Florida, the temperatures in the morning will be mostly in the low 40s to mid-50s. Some areas of south Texas and Florida could even reach 60 degrees F. Daytime temperatures will be much warmer, so layered clothes will work best to regulate your body temperature. Highs will reach the mid- to upper 70s and even 80 degrees F in southern Texas.
The east coast states of Georgia and the Carolinas is cold with the temperatures only in the low 30s. It will warm up significantly throughout the day before the temperatures settle into the low to mid-60s.
The East Coast will have partly to mostly sunny skies throughout the day and the central U.S.. will be mostly cloudy. Thunderstorms will impact areas from eastern Texas, north into parts of Arkansas and east into western Alabama. Further to the north, rain showers are possible for parts of Kansas east into Indiana.
Some snow showers are possible for Nebraska and north into southern South Dakota. Snow showers could also impact hunters in northern Wisconsin, Michigan and northern New York.
It will be partly sunny and breezy in the New England states.
Listed below, in alphabetical order, are the dates of deer hunting season for several states.
Alabama Hunts with dogs- November 17-January 15 Hunts without dogs- January 16-January 30 Arkansas- November 10-December 2
Connecticut- November 14-December 4
Florida- Zone A November 17-January 6, Zone B- December 1-February 17, Zone C- November 3-January 20, Zone C- November 22-25 and December 8-February 17
Idaho- Short-range-weapon season November 10-December 9
Illinois- November 29-December 2
Indiana- November 17-December 2
Iowa- December 1-5 and December 8-16
Kansas- November 28-December 9
Louisiana No dogs hunt Area: One and Four- November 17-December 7 Two- October 17-December 5 and January 7-January 20 Three- December 1-January 6 Five- November 23-December 23
Six- November 17-December 7
Seven- No more hunts Eight- October 20-November 25
Dogs or no dogs hunt Area: One- December 8-January 6
Two- December 6-January 13
Three- no more hunts
Four- no more hunts
Five- no more hunts
Six- December 8-January 20
Seven- November 26-December 30
Eight- December 1-January 6 Maryland- November 24-December 8
Massachusetts- November 26-December 8
Michigan- November 15-30
New Hampshire- November 14-December 9
New Jersey- December 3-8
New York State Northern Zone-October 20- December 2 Southern Zone-November 17-December 9 Suffolk County-October 1-December 31
Ohio- November 26-December 8 and December 15-16
Pennsylvania- November 26-December 8 or December 1-8 dependent on WMU's Check on the local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website for your area.
Rhode Island- December 1-16 and December 26-January 2
South Carolina- October 3-January 1
South Dakota East River Area-November 17-December 2 West River AreaNovember 10-November 25 Tennessee- November 17-January 6
Texas North-November 3-January 6 South-November 3-January 20 Virginia- November 17-December 1 (most of the state) November 17-December 15 (some areas) Check with the local DNR office for your area.
West Virginia- November 19-December 1 or December 13-15 dependent on the county location. Check with the local DNR office for your area.
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