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Orion
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A little community I used to drive through on the way to my hunting area had a bank with a clock and thermometer on it so I could always check the temperature on my way out. About 25 years ago, I hunted at -20 degrees F with a 20 plus mph wind, from a tree no less. That's the only time I ever quit hunting because I was too cold. Made it just a little more than two hours. My hands were so cold, numb and immobile by the time I got back to my truck that I had a very difficult time getting the keys out of my pocket.

I don't hunt in that kind of weather anymore. If I'm going to sit in a tree, 0 degrees and a wind less than 15mph is the limit. Will hunt in colder, windier weather if I'm going to be stillhunting/moving. Don't think I'd go out in 20 below anymore.

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I hunted in -20 and lasted about 3hr sitting on a log. I had to cradle my bow in my arms to walk out, my fingers would not work. That was 20 years ago when I was pretty stupid.

Today it was 15 degrees with snow and wind. I stoked up the coal stove and watched golf on TV. Much smarter now. [Smile]

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BrianH
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Spent a couple hours in a tree stand at -18 degrees. Pulling the treestand from public land that morning might have been one of the more painful thins I have ever done.
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I killed a nice little fat forky at fort wood a few years back at -7*. The blood trail froze before I got down to trail him. Now on days like that I pop my blind and turn on the heater.

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During the late 50's and early 60's I rifle hunted up by Int'l Falls as a kid. No money in the family and I used tenni's with wool socks over them and put rubber galoshes on top.

We did mostly drives and with temps sometimes hitting the minus 30's, standing was no treat.

Bow hunting in Dec in Idaho I have hunted to about -20. Don't do much sitting and thank god for hand warmers.

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I hunted NE back in the spring of 97 for turkeys with a wind chill of -25 the turkeys thought it was just fine, they were going crazy. My buddy and me filled our tags the first day of our hunt. We rebooked our flight home to get out of the blizzard and flew out of the only airport open in ND which at the time I didn't know if that was a good thing or not. After we left it really got bad, dumping several inches of snow. Our guide Jason Lambley hunted for himself and took a bird after we left.
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One year I had a good buck patterned and finally saw him Thanksgiving morning, with only three days left in the season, I spent the last three days in a tree stand from before light to after dark. Low temperature one day was -42 and the highest it got on any of those three days was -10, the wind varied from 10-30 mph. From the ground I hunted numerous times when it was colder then -40 (I have a thermometer that hangs from my back pack and that is the lowest it goes) on general/gun and late season archery elk hunts.

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My coldest hunt of any sort was a duck hunt many moons ago (I was a teenager). The temp was -8 with a -25 or so windchill if memory serves.

Coldest deer hunt the temp was 5 above with a windchill a hair below zero.

Both hunts were in Illinois. You far north guys are made of stouter stuff than I am :-)

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I hunted one year in college with night temps varying between -5 and 0 with daytime temps all the way up to 18 degrees some days. Better yet I was camping that weekend. Young and dumb. I slept in a - 20 bag with two pads under me and four blankets above me. I built a rock reflector and pit base and had a big stack of wood I could reach from the tent. I woke up every two to three hours to throw more wood on the fire. Upside, there was not wind over the four days I hunted. I shot a mule deer doe the last day of the hunt on a sunny ridge face where she was bedded.

I wouldn't even try and hunt like that now. It is really rare to get that cold of weather here in Washington and it was Eastern Washington where it gets a lot colder than western Washington. I only hunted between 9:00 and 3:00 each day.

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ethan
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WOW! You guys are studs! My coldest is 3 with the wind chill. I made it about 3 and a half hours.
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Feb. '99 Texas Bubba and myself were out all day calling fox and coyotes in -47F.(The dogs get quite desperate when the bottom drops out!). Bubba shot a HTM rubber blunt at a cluster of leaves, and just like Pac's moose, that thing shattered like glass. I have since had one do the same thing when I shot it at an excellsior bale at -50F.
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Forgto to mention. I was out calling yesterday in a balmy -30!
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Cold??? Why I'll tell ya about cold. I remember one winter back in '65 when it was so cold that the words we spoke came out of our mouth froze solid. We had to thaw them out with a candle to hear what we were sayin' to each other. That worked ok for a day or so but then the dang candle flame froze up. After that and to this day we have no idea what we were talkin about.

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We took a bison and when we left our camp it was minus 37 but no wind.....we shot this bison...small one thank god.....we had to build a fire and a lean to just to field dress it.

Coupled with amazingly thick hide and dirty hair can make for a miserable time. We had to sharpen knives constantly getting the hide off cause it was sooooo dirty.

We got the hide off and it was still steaming 45 minutes later...crazy.

We got the bison on the sled in under 2.5 hours, but I hope to never do that again. Doesn't make it a pleasant hunt at all.

Jer Bear

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