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Old 12-31-2005, 07:52 AM
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I'm fascinated by the show that nature can put on sometimes; better than any TV show. In both 2003 and 2004, right around New Years day, we got 3 feet of snow in two days. After that big storm in 2004, our watershed was over 100% of normal, and then we hardly got another snowstorm until late March, plunging the watershed to way below normal, and then above normal spring rains in April/May put us back to near normal, with excellent growth for the deer and elk.

2005 winter started with a good foot or so of snow in November, and then we had a good three weeks in Nov/Dec of -5F nightime temps, freezing the ground good and solid. Then it rapidly warmed up and rained hard and our valley was under flood watch for a few days with the ground not able to absorb the moisture. Yesterday and last night we got about 10" of snow, and now this morning, it's raining again. Sure puts a damper on coyote hunting plans as the coyotes don't like rain much.

Our watershed is currently approaching 120% of normal and I hear that around Ketchum and north into the Stanley basin that snowfall is 3+ feet in the last several days.

Anyway, the point to this thread is that we have members all across the country and I'd like to hear of your unusual weather stories (whether past or present) and how it affects your hunting.
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Old 12-31-2005, 08:45 AM
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It has been a hot dry summer and fall in Eastern Oklahoma where I live. We are under a Burn Ban and have been having a lot of wildfires. Wells and Ponds are going dry. The last two weeks have been more like summer than winter with Temp. in the high 70's most of the days. Has been good for shooting Armadillo's. Wife, Grandson, and I take our Pistols with us everyday when we go check and feed the Cattle on our Ranch. Usually kill one or more every day. Seven year old Grandson killed one yesterday with his S.A. Ruger Bearcat .22. Wife and I use .45 Autos. Good practice.
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Another 10-12" of snow here last night in Bellevue, ID. It sure blasted down because it wasn't snowing at all when I went to bed at 11:00, and it quit about 7:00 this morning. The snow blower has been getting a workout lately.

I went hiking up a side canyon road yesterday evening (only possible without snowshoes when snowmobilers make a few tracks and pack it down a bit) with the 17 Rem looking for coyotes but only saw a few mule deer does and fawns. The early hard freeze we had sent all the ducks further south since everything was iced over so the dogs are on a duck-fetching deficit now.

Sounds like you folks in TX and OK are having a tough drought, and it amazes me that the wildfires are so bad in Dec/Jan. I hope you get some relief soon.
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Old 01-03-2006, 05:21 PM
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P97: I've been watching your dilema on the news and wish there was some way to get some of our snow down your way. We got belted this morning again. When I left the house at 4 am to go to work it just started to snow and by the time I got about 2 miles down the road I was down to 25 mph. I have 16 mile drive to get to work and I had to stop twice to clean the snow off my headlights. I finally got to work about 4:45. Ended up with another 2-3 inches at the mine and 4-6 here at the house.

Shawn: my brother-in-law that lives in Twin Falls goes snowmobiling in your neck of the woods if your close to Stanley.

I've been out trying to call coyotes the last couple of weekends without success. It's been so warm here during the day (high40'-low 50's) I'm not sure if the hides would be much good anyway. That fox I got in Dec. looked pretty good tho. Even the rabbits are hard to hunt, only saw 2 last weekend. Havren't seen any snowshoe hares up high either. Plenty of jackrabbits tho.
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Old 01-03-2006, 05:32 PM
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Hmm, Southern Id. has more snow than we do.
Almost all melted here.
Temps around 35 - 40 in daytime.
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:37 AM
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All our snow in the valleys and up on the praire are gone. Been raining and I've given up yote hunting. Fields are just to wet.

It looks like spring around here. I live about ten miles south of Orofino and got one yote so far when there was snow and it was frozen up. It's got to the point that every time I go by the 243 it whines like a whipped dog.

This keeps up I'm going to put the squirrel scope back on it and get that sighted in.
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Old 01-04-2006, 09:54 AM
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been cold and snowy since beginning of November here in Southern Michigan.. then for the last week or two it's been mid 30's to 40's and for the first time in my life i experienced a pretty hefty Thunderstrom in January... i've never seen lightning or hear thunder in January before... freaky weather for sure... now it is supposed to get cold again and begin snowing... go figure...
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Old 01-04-2006, 11:30 AM
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I'm fascinated by the show that nature can put on sometimes; better than any TV show. In both 2003 and 2004, right around New Years day, we got 3 feet of snow in two days. After that big storm in 2004, our watershed was over 100% of normal, and then we hardly got another snowstorm until late March, plunging the watershed to way below normal, and then above normal spring rains in April/May put us back to near normal, with excellent growth for the deer and elk.

2005 winter started with a good foot or so of snow in November, and then we had a good three weeks in Nov/Dec of -5F nightime temps, freezing the ground good and solid. Then it rapidly warmed up and rained hard and our valley was under flood watch for a few days with the ground not able to absorb the moisture. Yesterday and last night we got about 10" of snow, and now this morning, it's raining again. Sure puts a damper on coyote hunting plans as the coyotes don't like rain much.

Our watershed is currently approaching 120% of normal and I hear that around Ketchum and north into the Stanley basin that snowfall is 3+ feet in the last several days.

Anyway, the point to this thread is that we have members all across the country and I'd like to hear of your unusual weather stories (whether past or present) and how it affects your hunting.
North Central Texas/Oklahoma is dangerous right now. We have been in a terrible drought the last few years but this winter was preceeded by spring rains that got the brush growing good, and then nothing, no rain through the summer and fall. After the first freeze, all of the green stuff has vanished, and left nothing but kindling. That's when the fires took over. Fields that usually grow winter rye and wheat are brown. The deer kick up dust as they walk by.

Unlike most, I don't think global warming has the world coming to an end because we've seen this many times before.
Conditions just fell into place this year for this to happen.
As far as hunting, the last month of season, hunters should have considered hunting over water holes because that seems to be more important to these animals than food. Supplemental feed was bringing our deer in real well, and since they didn't want to exert any energy, they fed at night most of the time.

Although we haven't done a survey in years, our deer numbers seemed to be up.
Well, if this goes on through the spring, it will effect the fawn crop as well. Funny how mother nature works in order to even everything out.
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I live in a small city in the hill country of north central Ohio. The second highest point in Ohio is about twenty miles north of here. There are also two ski lodges within twenty miles north and east of here. A few miles west of here, the terrain completely flattens out, and extends on that way through to the Great Plains.

When I was a kid in the late 50's and early 60's, I remember playing in snow drifts that were so deep, if you fell in, it was way over your head. The snowy part of winter would last from around Thanksgiving on through April. We haven't had snow like that since the blizzards in the late 70's. Most of the winters now have very little, if any, snow. We do get freezing rain a lot though.

In mid December, it was really cold for a couple of weeks, with high temperatures in the single digits, and about eight inches of snow cover. It warmed up about a week before Christmas, and all that melted off. The daytime highs have been in the high 40's to mid 50's most of the time since then. Mostly gray, rainy or drizzly most of the time. Today, it's in the 40's and kind of foggy and misty.

During most of deer season, it was so wet it sounded like you're walking through a swamp. I don't think I could start a fire outside if my life depended on it.

P.S. We had a big storm blow through here a couple of nights ago with some pretty spectacular thunder and lightning for awhile. I have seen that before, but it's quite rare.

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Old 01-04-2006, 01:42 PM
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Wanna hear thunder during a snowstorm? Come on over to Buffalo, NY during a big lake effect snow event. It doesn't happen real often but it does happen. I'm sure Watertown, NY gets it too. South of Buffalo had a pretty good lake effect event opening week of deer season. I have a 90 mile drive to where I hunt so I was snowed out for a day. We heard several thunderclaps when the snow bands drifted through our part of town.

When a big cold front moves over the warm lake you get convection just like in a summer storm. Sometimes thunder and lightning come right along with it.

Gunslinger,
While I can't speak for the 50's or early 60's, in the 70's I remember snow so deep in Buffalo we used to dig tunnels and caves in it in our front yards. Hadn't seen snow like that until about 6 years ago. Then Buffalo got hit with a couple big snow years again. Had to shovel snow off my Father's roof a few years back. His neighborhood got 7 ft in a couple days. Happened right in the middle of deer season. I bought snowshoes that year to hunt with and promptly twisted my knee using them. Spent the rest of the season nursing a sore swollen knee. Haven't used the darn things since.

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Just a brief update: We're back to more like a "normal" Ohio January now. The temperature dropped below freezing last night, and there was a light dusting of snow on the ground this morning. The high temp was in the mid 20's. The high temperature for the next few days is supposed to be in mid 30's.

The news also reported there was an earth quake today measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale in north east Ohio, along the Lake Erie shore. I didn't feel it though. Hhhmmm. Thunder and lightning a few days ago; earth quake today. What's up with that?
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Hot and dry in central Texas. Statewide burn ban. We're at least 10" of rain behind, and the lakes are WAY down (normally full this time of year).

A few days ago, drove by a bank sign that reported 87 degrees F. I believe it; had the a/c on in the truck at the time.

Had a couple of good years before this one where fawn survival rates were high; now the state is overrun with deer. If you hunt in Texas, shoot all you can. 4 so far this year and I'll go again if I get the opportunity.
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We got another 3" of snow here today, and forecast is for another 3"-5" tonight, and another 2"-4" tomorrow. More, but lesser amounts in showers through the weekend. The sagebrush on the hill behind the house isn't covered yet, but the snow that is there is dense with it being rained on earlier, so water content is good.

I see from the news that the folks in S. Colorado got some snow that snuffed out some fires. How are you folks in OK and TX doing....any relief yet?

There are many trails of footy-prints across our hillsides as the elk and deer are streaming south to lesser snow cover.
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Other than a bit of snow in Nov, we've had naught but rain. Rain just about every day for over a month now. Not much, mind you, but a slow drizzle. Feels like I moved to Seattle.

It's gettin' on my nerves.
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Aside from a cold snap in late Nov, early Dec, it's been warm (for Jan) and wet. Feels like Nov or March.

Of course, I bought an ice boat this year...
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Other than a bit of snow in Nov, we've had naught but rain. Rain just about every day for over a month now. Not much, mind you, but a slow drizzle. Feels like I moved to Seattle.

It's gettin' on my nerves.

We must be neighbors. I was watching the Weather Channel this morning while I was waiting for the local forecast. Seattle was supposed to be mid-40's & rain. Then they went to our local forecast: mid-40's & rain.
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Well, we dodged a bullet on Tuesday, a big fire burned up about 4500 acres just west of our hunting lease. There are fires everywhere, and we have a slim hope of some rain on Sunday.
Here's hoping!
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Keep your fingers crossed, Tom -

Hope none of the pumpers or workover crews toss a lit match or cigarette out the truck window!

We're really dry out here, too. Last moisture was recorded as a trace on Oct 19th. No snow in the high country, which we depend on for runoff to replinish the lakes down here for drinking water. Looks like a tough winter/spring/summer ahead.
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Keep your fingers crossed, Tom -

Hope none of the pumpers or workover crews toss a lit match or cigarette out the truck window!

We're really dry out here, too. Last moisture was recorded as a trace on Oct 19th. No snow in the high country, which we depend on for runoff to replinish the lakes down here for drinking water. Looks like a tough winter/spring/summer ahead.
Yep, I was told that a bale of hay was about twice the price of last year because they have to truck it in. You know beef prices are going up too.
I've been hearing about your lack of rain too. I hope this changes pretty soon
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Ken By the way. I took my grandson out fishing on New Years Eve to that same little pond you and Mason went to.
They were still hungry!
I think I have a fishing partner for life. We kept a few to eat so he thought that was pretty cool.
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