Whitetails Hunting Times Day vs Night

Whitetails Hunting Times Day vs Night

Deer hunting is a game of odds, and it is also a game of quick decisions. Knowing when to hunt, and when not to, and when the conditions are best for you are all part of the decision making.

There are differing opinions and much debate on what times of the day are best for hunting whitetail deer, or any large game for that matter. Work, school, sports and family obligations can limit a hunter’s time. Seeking a balance is optimal, and at Squaw Mountain Ranch, we are here to assist your hunt whether it is near dawn, or dusk, or at any time in-between!

Day vs Night

No matter what the extenuating circumstances are, deer move best in early morning and late in the afternoon. This is when their eyesight is the keenest, and this is when they feed before bedding down for much of the day. There are few things that impact this movement, other than the pressure of being hunted.

Dusk and dawn are when deer are wired to move the most; however other times of the day can boost their movement as well. Whitetail deer are crepuscular, which means they are most active in the twilight hours, but that does not mean they are only active at dawn or dusk. Crepuscular animals are the most active on moonlit nights, when weather or winds change, or when the pressure of hunting demands it.

Most deer are specifically shot between 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning. It is a proven time. However, there is a common perception among deer hunters that things slow down once early morning is done. That is not always the case.

At Squaw Mountain Ranch our trained specialists will sort through the best times to hunt whitetail deer catering to your individual needs. We are here to accommodate your requests to enrich your experience at any time while on the ranch.

Night time Hunting

For many hunters, evenings are the only time they are free to hunt due to work schedules and daytime obligations. Whitetail deer movements increase during those final hours of daylight as they head out to find food before the sun sets and temperatures drop.

Hunting in the gray light of dusk is often your best shot at success. Hunters have to be mindful of the wind to ensure you do not blow your cover and stay as silent as possible the nearer you get to your hunting site. 

Squaw Mountain to the Rescue!

Whether it’s by choice or circumstance, hunts during mornings or evenings can yield the best results for hunters. At Squaw Mountain Ranch our trained specialists will arrange a hunt to meet your busy and hectic schedules.

The good news is that there are no seasonal restrictions on hunting whitetail deer in Texas, which makes it a suitable trophy to hunt year-round. We have a great herd of whitetail on Squaw Mountain Ranch.

SMR staff will guide you through your journey and show you exactly what it is like to hunt whitetail deer on two thousand acres, bringing you to an entirely new setting that you could never experience on your own.