Late Season Bowhunting in Frigid Weather

As the mercury dipped well below zero in mid December, I found myself sitting in a ground blind in South Western North Dakota. I was trying to arrow a late season deer, either white tail or mule deer. The weather was relentless and I have never hunted in temperatures this cold before. I was there for 12 days and it never did get over 8 degrees. Many days it was in the negatives and the wind made it an honest minus 20.

The deer movement was slowed due to the very cold weather. They would move only just before last light and would feed until 3 or 4 in the morning and head back for thick bedding cover. It makes the hunting tough and you have to tread lightly. They were traveling from the hay yard used by this working cattle ranch to the thick cedar thickets on the river system. I had to try and intercept them on the well beaten trails in the 2 foot of fresh snow.

Your equipment changes dramatically when it gets this cold. Everything has to be dead quiet because these deer are in survival mode and are on high alert. Your bow weight needs to be lowered, draw length shortened in some occasions and you need to have quiet fleece or wool clothing. I will cover this in more detail in a future scrape line segment on our show so be sure to look for it.

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