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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-08-2008, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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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 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.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2008, 05:17 AM
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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..

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post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2008, 07:13 AM
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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
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2008, 12:47 PM
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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.

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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2008, 02:22 PM
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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

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 06:46 PM
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i watch the weather in the morning at camp,, then go out on the deck to confirm...pick a stand and go 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
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 06:57 PM
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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.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-12-2008, 07:16 PM
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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!
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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 06:31 AM
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I agree with Flexi also. A deer's nose is his best defense.... don't take the chance.

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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-13-2008, 04:02 PM
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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.
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