Taking your Kestrel Hunting and Fishing


Source: Nielsen-Kellerman

You may already be using your Kestrel on your hunts to help you make every shot, but did you know that you could be using the barometric pressure to track animal and fish behavior? I’ll try to quickly break down how it works and why you might want to use barometric pressure as a tool!

How barometric pressure (BP) directly effects fish isn’t fully understood, but knowing how to use BP readings can greatly increase your chances of cashing fish, especially in shallow and fresh water. Generally, high pressure means the fish slow down and go to deeper waters, rising pressure mean the fish become more active, normal pressure indicates the fishing will be fairly normal, and low pressure indicates the fish will tend to be less active the longer the low pressure period remains, which leads to excellent game fishing. Don’t forget, your Kestrel is also waterproof and can take water temperature for you as well if you submerge it and hit “hold” to save the temperature.

A rise in the barometer (a high pressure system) usually following a storm or a low pressure front generally means the deer will move more often. Research also shows that when a barometer is stagnant, deer prefer a steady high pressure for moment rather than a steady low pressure. Falling pressure can still lead to solid whitetail hunting conditions. Turkey are also greatly influenced by BP. Rising pressure generally will lead to very good conditions, steady BP is fair conditions, and falling pressure is generally an indication that you might want to stay home that day. If you have a Kestrel 2500 or 3500 you can use the pressure trend arrow to see if pressure is trending up or down. If you have a Kestrel in the 4000 series, you can use the charting function to track the BP over time to find your optimal hunting window.

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