Where do deer go when it rains snow?

Answered by Tom Adger

During a storm, deer tend to seek shelter in heavy cover such as dense forests or thickets. The wind howling and the precipitation falling makes it challenging for them to move around comfortably. Like any other creature, they seek protection from the elements and find refuge in areas that provide them with cover and security.

When it comes to rain, deer often take shelter in areas with dense vegetation. They may find solace under the canopies of large trees or hunker down in thickets and brush piles. These areas offer them protection from the rain and wind, allowing them to stay dry and relatively warm. If there is a forest nearby, deer may also retreat into the depths of the woods, seeking shelter among the trees and undergrowth.

In the case of snowfall, deer may choose to bed down in heavy cover as well. They can create small depressions called “beds” by trampling down the snow, providing them with a cozy spot to rest. These beds offer insulation from the cold ground and help to conserve body heat. Deer are remarkably adapted to harsh winter conditions, and by seeking shelter and conserving energy during a snowstorm, they can endure the inclement weather more effectively.

When it comes to movement during a storm, deer typically limit their activity to short distances and take advantage of lulls in the weather. They may venture out briefly to feed or to find a more suitable spot for shelter, but they are unlikely to travel far. It is during these brief periods of calm that hunters can seize the opportunity to catch deer on the move.

To increase your chances of encountering deer during a storm, consider hunting near the edges of heavy cover or close to food plots with nearby thickets. These areas are likely to attract deer seeking shelter or searching for food. By positioning yourself strategically, you can take advantage of their movements and increase your chances of a successful hunt.

In my own hunting experiences, I have found that deer tend to hunker down in dense cover during storms. One particularly memorable hunt took place during a heavy snowfall. As I made my way through the woods, I noticed fresh deer tracks leading towards a thicket. Curiosity got the better of me, and I decided to wait it out nearby. After patiently waiting for what felt like an eternity, I finally caught sight of a majestic buck emerging from the thicket, cautiously traversing the snow-covered landscape. It was a thrilling sight, and I was fortunate enough to have a successful hunt that day.

When it rains or snows, deer seek shelter in heavy cover such as dense forests, thickets, or under the canopies of large trees. They limit their movement to short distances and take advantage of lulls in the storm. Hunting near the edges of cover or close to food plots with nearby thickets can increase your chances of encountering deer during inclement weather. So, be patient, observant, and prepared to seize the opportunity when it arises.