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hunting in strong wind

Old 10-21-2011, 05:47 AM
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Default hunting in strong wind

For the past few days the winds has been pretty strong during the day and it seems to keep the deer down it is archery season right now and i was wondering how i should set up for them.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:56 AM
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I would set up right on the couch until the wind stopped,i just hunted 2 days of crazy wind and saw nothing and i am hunting a place loaded with deer but these days the wind was blowing 30-40 mph im going out this evening and setting out my trail cam while i do some hunting.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:21 AM
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This is a tricky situation. I try to find differences in topo to help block the wind. We dont like hunting in the strong wind and nor do deer like moving in the stong wind. It is proven that deer have reduced ability to smell during high wind situations which will make them nervous. Deer will gravitate to places where the wind is somewhat blocked. Be careful because these types of situations may lead to swirling wind.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:12 PM
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Find a lower area that is protected from a lot of the wind. This is where the deer will be. They'll be bedded tight as often as they can be, they don't like the wind much either. The wind makes them nervous, and if you see one while it's windy you'll probably notice how jumpy it seems. So, although the wind makes them nervous, it can also help you because the deer cannot see/hear/smell as well in high winds.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:22 PM
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I have found that I see more deer in the thick woods during high winds. If the wind is over 8 mph I skip the food plots and field and find a deep draw. The deer will stay close to their bedding area also so find some acorns close by.
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:50 PM
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Default Shot an 8 point in 30mph gusts

Took a day off to hunt after a storm and front blew in the Wednesday. Forecast said 12mph NW which was perfect for my best stand. It was 15mph steady with 30mph gusts. I was in a huge bottom so there was little protection. I had 7 bucks come in from various directions to compete for one great swamp white that was dropping all night in the rain. I took the best one perfectly upwind at 17yds. My advice would be to find food that the deer cant wait on... acorns that other deer will eat. Otherwise, protected areas like others have said, close to bedding areas because they wont travel far.
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Old 10-22-2011, 02:51 PM
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I like to still hunt on windy days, moving when the wind gusts, stopping, when it does. Tend to see more deer than not, compared to sitting in one spot under those conditions.
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