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Hoosier
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Too Hot To Hunt ?

Summer arrived in full force this week here in the Midwest. Temps in the 90's and heat indexes over 100. So the dog stayed in the kennel.

As I had done many times before I let her out to run around the yard while I cleaned her kennel, etc. She had always just stayed close before. Sure enough, I look around and she was GONE hunting I guess. I figured she'll be back when she gets hot or done messing around. An hour later I open the door and hear that distinct locate. I grab the lead strap and head towards her. She is twice as far as I thought she was (1/2 mile deep) treed. I get into her and quickly put her on the lead for fear she would get too hot....she'd been there 20 minutes.

I lead her to the field, petted her and looked at my phone. 7:20 PM, 92 degrees and heat index of 100. She didn't even seem to notice that.

Here is the big question. She had the coon sitting in a fork about 25 feet up. Why would a coon be moving 3 hours before dark when it's 90+ degrees?

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PJ SPANGLER
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i have a lot of pictures from my trail cams of coons lately moving before dark . some are going to water some are coming in to feed

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Because they get hungry.

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Just excuses not to hunt......JMO

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I think they move early when it's hot to get water and cool off. It would be hard to stay in a day all day with that kinda heat. JMO

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quote:
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Just excuses not to hunt......JMO
feel like temp 85 at midnight last night here in ark. way to hot for me.lol

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BGathright
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Temps in the upper 80's to 90 at 10:00pm when I get to turn loose.

I still hunt twice a week but not as long. At the most, 2 turn outs. Depends on how long it takes to tree the first one.

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Hoosier, your going to have to put the Garmin on her next time you clean pens. We started putting it on Maf when he gets to run loose in the yard because all to often when he has just been laying in the shade you turn around and he is gone off treeing a daytime coon.

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Check That!

Mafia,

A step ahead of you. She WILL get it every time she steps out of the kennel from now on. She knows when that is on and I guarantee you, she won't leave the yard. She's smart...she knows. She also knows what each function of that collar means too. Just sayin...... LOL

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A dog that is in good physical condition can take a lot of heat.

My Feist squirrel dog trees coons almost every time we go squirrel hunting June through July. He has treed as many as 7 in one hunting trip. I believe most of them are just laying up on the outside due to heat and no air movement in den and he can tree off body scent.

My guess is if you hunted those good hounds much during the summer in the daytime you would be shocked at the number of daytime coons they would tree.

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Coons will move in the daytime when itís hot. They will come out of dens to get water or to lay out in the breeze.

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Let's GO!

Okay who is up for the challenge? Who is up for getting home from work, grab the dogs and hunting from 5PM until dark? Might need some better bug spray. The skeeters didn't bother me last night on my walk to my dog but the deer flies liked to have packed me away!!

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Coons will move in the daytime when itís hot. They will come out of dens to get water or to lay out in the breeze.

They do that and alot of times move really late again. Several of our late rounds have been better than the early here lately.
Mafia takes off during the day light hours year round whenever the mood strikes him. I guess he thinks if we won't take him he will just take himself hunting lol.

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Yeah n the summer when itís real hot. Iíll get off work and do what has to be done around the house and be in bed by 9-9:30 and get up about 1-1:30 and go hunt and get back home intime to shower and go to work. If I donít have to work thereís been plenty of times Iím still cutting loose at 8 in the morning.

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It's starting to warm up here now but I hunted three nights last week low 30's and white frost

Usually only a few nights here all summer it don't get down into the 60's if you wait til after midnight

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Yep they need to drink water, while they are doing that they will roam around a bit. Also after the kittens start getting up and out its hard for her to keep them gathered up, you start really seeing them in the daytime after the kittens.

Its been hot here for a month, heat index around 105. I'm still going some. I hunt around water and try to keep them away from thick stuff where they cant get any air.

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quote:
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It's starting to warm up here now but I hunted three nights last week low 30's and white frost

Usually only a few nights here all summer it don't get down into the 60's if you wait til after midnight

yep its been in low 30s hear all week a little dusting of snow last night !! good hunting !!

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I have been having pretty decent luck hunting from about 3 am till daylight the last couple of weeks.

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Ive been hunting my pup about an hour before dark the passed two weeks. Im seeing coons alot an hour to 30 minutes before sunset on the ditchbanks while im planting beans

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feels like 80 at 10 . couch potato time.lol i always felt in you have one in training it does them more harm than good in extreamly hot weather.

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It has been hot here the past couple days. So hot the dogs have been dang near dragging me to to the river to jump in the water to cool off on our walks. On the way to the gym today I saw a momma coon and two kits crossing the road and that was at about 11:30 am and the temp was getting close to 90 by then and was really humid. I'm guessing they move when ever they feel the need to.

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Last summer I saw mama and 3 kittens coming out of the corn at 2:30 in The afternoon it was 103 without the humidity that day and they had already come across a 500 yard trek of corn and had another 500 plus to make it to the nearest water !! Daytime movement has become common here in the heat and early morning !

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