Animal behavior is one which is indeed, hard to predict. Therefore, it takes a lot of time and effort put into research to actually determine their behavior towards various stimuli present in the environment. One of the things we might oversee, and probably perceive as both humans and various animal species having the same behavior or reaction towards is the wind and its speed. Do deer actually move less when it’s windy, just like we humans choose to stay at home during times of bad weather? This is one question which hunters and animal enthusiasts alike have come across at one point.
To whom would this information be useful?
This information would be most useful for hunters, as they would most definitely love to see deer grazing around in the woods. Knowing the right time to hunt, and when they would have the best opportunity at hunting down a deer or two can be determined through observing and having information as to how deer behave, depending on various circumstances, such as the clarity of the skies, the over-all temperature of the hunting grounds, and most importantly, wind speed.Other people who may benefit from knowing the behavior of Animals such as deer according to wind speed are the animal enthusiasts, those who study animal behavior, and of course, the zoologists.
How was this behavior observed?
There are various means through which the behavior of deer towards wind, and whether they really do move around or not can be observed. In one research performed, “Windy” was actually categorized into 5 speeds. “Calm” winds were those which had speeds of less than 1mph. “Light Air” was when the wind speed registered between 1 to 3 mph. A “Light Breeze” was when speeds reached anywhere between 4 to 6 mph, a “Gentle Breeze” is one which had a rate of 6-10 mph, and “Moderate Breeze” was one with speeds higher than 10 mph.
Apart from purely observing wind speeds, this research also compared the behavior of male and female deer, and also on windy days vs. windy nights. Suffice to say, results of different experiments also varied, but let’s just focus on the similar matters.
Deer Movement According to Wind Speed
In the research which was done to determine the effect of the time of day on the movement of the deer, surprisingly, the results showed that they move more on a windy day, as much as 1/10th of a mile more than the average, rather than the opposite, which is widely believed to be true. Moreover, this was regardless of whether the deer was a male or a female.
Another interesting thing worth noting is that on a windy day, the deer would tend to move around more, but them moving around is less likely to happen on windy nights.
Also, if the wind speed registers between 30 to 40mph, then this is a great time to hunt! This is proven by the fact that the relationship between deer movement and wind speed is one which is linear, or directly proportional.
While it’s impossible to know what exactly is going on in the minds of the deer, it’s still possible to make assumptions and predictions. It is believed that on cold days, deer would prefer walking around instead of lying on their beds as a way of keeping themselves warm. Also, during days with strong winds and clear skies, they can’t hear sounds in the woods as clearly, therefore, they would be tempted to start moving around to keep more alert should predators start to attack. The primary concern deer, along with other animals usually have include always having to be on the lookout for predators, and having a stable supply of food. Female Deer may also have to be on the move every now and then, especially if they have young ones to take good care of.
Below is a video which demonstrates how hunting is done amidst winds with high speeds:
As with all other animals, the behavior of Deer is one which can be difficult to predict. There have been, however, a lot of researches which have aimed to at least, observe a pattern as to how they behave and react under various circumstances. Hunters would most definitely want to know the times when which they would have the best chances of being able to hunt down the deer. Under these circumstances, however, Deer really do move whenever it is windy.
Lastly, one should keep in mind that it is not just the behavior of animals which has to be looked out for and observed. Rather, one should also invest both time and money in hunting skills and equipment in order to effectively capture deer.