Watch for cold fronts
Once you have the food source and stand located, keep an eye on the weather.
January, as we well know from the last several days, is a time when big, northern cold fronts can drop the temperature 20-plus degrees in just a few hours. These big systems normally have precipitation associated with them. Hunting just before and just after these systems can be awesome!
There’s nothing better than an afternoon in the stand with snow falling. When the wait for a big front to arrive is over, make sure you get to the stand early especially during sub freezing temperatures. The deer will begin moving in the early afternoon while it’s still warm.
I like afternoons
I generally don’t like hunting mornings during the late season. I’m not saying you can’t be successful during this time, but you have to watch the chance of educating deer and the activity will quickly shift to a different location.
Also instead of battling the freezing temperature in the dark, I like to sleep in, eat breakfast, and head out around mid day. It’s usually a couple of degrees warmer and I can see.
Give it a try
Hunting during the late season can be miserable with freezing temperatures, but if you do your homework and are patient you may just be able to capitalize on Mr. Big Boy’s predictable patterns.
Remember, pass it on or it will surely pass on.
n The Maple Country Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation will be hosting its fifth annual Coyote Open on Feb. 14-17. Preregistration is required at $10 per hunter. 100 percent pot payout. You can see rules for payout details on the web page. Contact Bill Trump at 983-7203, Tony Bitner at 221-9786, Adam Hollobaugh at 313-7406 or Matt McDermott at (330) 221-3063 for more details. You can also register online at www.maplecountrynwtf.com.
n On March 13, 2014, the Men’s Ministries of the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene will be holding its 49th Annual Venison Dinner. Guest speaker this year will be Dr. Angelo DeVivo. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the cost of a ticket is $12 per person. Tickets go on sale Feb. 24 and can be purchased ONLY at Shelatz Appliance Repair and Sales on Wall Street in Jefferson. Anybody able to donate some of their deer harvest from this year will be given a free dinner ticket and a $10 gas card. Deer donations can be made by taking the animal to Ellsworth Deer Processing on Route 7 in Williamsfield, south of Route 322. If you any questions or need further information you can call Dan Hines at 645-8889.
Sunderlin is a freelance writer from Geneva. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.