HUNTING ON WINDY DAYS
I am a fan of windy days. I have had far more good hunts on windy days than I have on still days. It may just be a regional thing, but our deer are very skittish when it is still out.
On an evening when the wind drops off to nothing, the deer stop moving and stand and listen. They can hear everything, every tire crunching over the gravel road, every dog barking and every voice a half mile away.
When it is windy, they are oblivious to all these things and just go about their business, but it seems when things go still, they can hear it all, so they tend to react to it all. It is almost as if their awareness instinct gets overloaded and instead of trying to separate the safe sounds from the dangerous ones, they just stand still and wait until dark.
On still days, I see lots of movement when I am driving home – just minutes after dark.
Entry and Exit: Still days also make it hard to sneak into your stand without deer hearing you. Any crunch of the leaves brings instant alert, usually followed by snorting and running. Nothing is as demoralizing as those sounds when heading into a great stand site.
Where to Hunt: I love to hunt my best stands on windy days, but I will stay away from them on still days. The reason is twofold. First, I don’t want to be tramping around in there on days when the deer aren’t likely to move and also because still days are usually associated with light and variable winds. That means that your scent will blow one direction for a little while and then the other direction.
It can be hard to control where you scent goes, so rather than risk educating deer, I will avoid my best spots at those times, or I may confine my hunting to one of the Redneck blinds on the farm where I can close the windows, turn on the Ozonics unit and keep my scent trapped and neutralized.
How Much Wind is too Much: I have had good hunts on days with winds in the 20+mph range. Once the wind hits 30 mph, it can be pretty crazy in the tree and depending what kinds of trees are around (dead trees or dead branches) it may not even be safe. So 30 mph is more or less of my cutoff. Under 30 mph and I don’t worry about it, over 30 and I start to question where I hunt. Again, if there is no good, safe solution, I will get into a Redneck blind.
Yes, the wind can be very cold in November, but despite this fact, it is your friend. Windy days are great days to be in the whitetail woods.