Deer Hunter's Weather Station
I've got no idea how good it is, but I saw this on Accuweather the other day.
One thing I can tell you: I've seen and killed deer as the barometer was rising, as it was falling, and as it was going nowhere. Barometrics, as far as I'm concerned, is only an excuse for bad luck-- not an indicator.
I've seen deer come out and feed just before a big front comes through. I've seen them come out just after. I've also seen them get up from their beds in the middle of a 3 day rain. About the only thing that I have seen consistently make them crawl in a hole is the first 12-24 hours of a massive multi-day storm. After that, hunger overtakes all other motivations. I don't have a setup like Charlie Alsheimer, but I do have a good view of my pastures and the neighboring ridges from the house. Even when I'm not hunting, I'm glassing the ridges for a mile or two around my place and watching the deer and turkeys.
It goes back to the axiom: Nobody kills a deer laying on the couch.
If you're looking for a near-sure-fire way to play the weather: stay inside and watch the radar as a mass of rain is beginning to leave your area. Be on stand as the rain lets up. Within an hour or so, the deer will be out If this coincides with a morning or evening hunt you're in for good hunting.
The converse is also true: If rain is predicted to start mid-day, the morning hunt may be hot as deer eat in anticipation. The afternoon may be hot if rain is expected to start overnight.
But then again. . . if the rain's been coming down for a day or so, and it's showing no sign of letting up deer seem to just shrug it off and go about their business. A cloudburst will put them down, but those usually don't last very long.
BTW: I hardly ever hunt extreme weather anymore , but it's only because I don't have to. About the only time I go out in the worst of it is Opening Day. I have a very high average of killing deer in inclement weather compared to good weather, so I probably should do it more. What keeps me home is knowing that I'll probably have the freezer full by the end of season anyway.