Playing the wind?????? - Deer Hunting Forums
The Campfire Got something besides hunting on your mind? Discuss anything "off topic" around the campfire.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-08-2008, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
Moderator
 
timberghost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: western new york
Posts: 3,942
Playing the wind??????

Question, how do all of you enter your stand sites? Do you all have more then one to accomodate wind direction, do you just get to the stand regardless of wind and ease of entrance, do you use weather reports to get an idea of wind speed and direction. Finally, if there is no real wind (calm) is there still the chance of a deer winding you? It's been bugging me lately and I think I'll use the weather.com site for the wind direction and speed to determine which way to go. Would that be good or bad? Any suggestions. Keep in mind that everything in my power will be done to be scent free but sometimes it doesn't really matter.
timberghost is offline  
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2008, 05:17 AM
 
BruceBruce1959's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Vermont
Posts: 5,701
I think the best entrance is to just get there and be done with it, especially during Bow Season I don't like keeping my presence at ground level any longer than I need to, So I just try my best to keep quiet and walk swiftly.
I've tried so many different ways to get to stands without scent issues but found it's just easier to get there and stop worrying about the "what if's", Even if I am trying to beat the wind while heading in the wind shifts and messes up my whole "sneak in" approach... Good Luck though..

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.
-Benjamin Franklin

BruceBruce1959 is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2008, 07:13 AM
Moderator
 
gfdeputy2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 3,335
I agree w/ you Bruce I hunt in a bowl (surrounded by mountains) so I get wind changes a lot. I used to worry too but now I just go for the stand & get there as soon & quiet as I can
gfdeputy2 is offline  
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2008, 12:47 PM
B&C 140 Class
 
flexj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lahoma, OK
Posts: 562
I may be the odd man out here, but wind direction and speed play a big factor in both where I go and how I get there. I try to take into consideration wind direction to determine which stand you will hunt, and how to get there without letting the wind blow into the feeding area in the morning or bedding area afternoon. Also I try to not take game trails or cross major game trails on the way to the stand as I have seen deer approach the spot where I have crossed and pick up the scent. It puts them on alert when they smell something foreign...and alert deer are obviously much harder to draw on if they even keep going on the trail.

John Eitzen
flexj is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2008, 02:22 PM
B&C 180 Class
 
joel the signman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: NY
Posts: 3,608
wind is very important if the path your going to take is going to blow your scent in before you arrive plan on a boring day of watching trees.i will walk in from the opposite direction or use another stand

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky
joel the signman is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 06:46 PM
B&C 160 Class
 
delbert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: NE Arkansas
Posts: 1,524
i watch the weather in the morning at camp,, then go out on the deck to confirm...pick a stand and go ...in high water i can go thru the water ,,,or a dry path...i do pick a stand that the wind would be in my favor
delbert is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 06:57 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon, Ohio
Posts: 8,380
Hunting during the rut, I like to drag a scented pad behind me and refresh it a couple of times then set up the hanging wicks and climb up into my stand. Going to my stand doesn't concern me much with regard to the wind. I usually have two stands set up and choose one based on the wind direction for hunting, not walking to my stands.
Hunting Man is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 07:16 PM
wmi
B&C 140 Class
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 790
I have the same opinion as flexj. There is no room for error with mature whitetails. I will walk 3 times as far to avoid bumping one. Sometimes it is just better to hunt a different location than to push a bad set up. I have waited days even weeks to hunt an area because of the wind. If you gamble the deer's nose will beat you 95% of the time. If you take these precautions your encounters with big bucks will increase dramatically. Good posting flexj!
wmi is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 06:31 AM
B&C 140 Class
 
Southern Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: West KY
Posts: 591
I agree with Flexi also. A deer's nose is his best defense.... don't take the chance.

We cannot continue to do the same things and expect different results
Southern Man is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 04:02 PM
B&C 120 Class
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southern New Hampshire
Posts: 283
All my tree stands are staged next to bedding areas. Most are in thick stuff. I do not want my scent blowing into the bedding area so the wind direction does dictate what stand I will occupy and the direction in getting there. I will stay in the stand if the wind happens to change directions. You never know with the onslaught of the rut where the bucks can show up.
Rozman62 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Deer Hunting Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome