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How do you feel about hunting with winds above 10 mph, as far as deer movement and such? Also, I get kind of nervous when I climb up a tree in my summit goliath about 30ft high and the wind starts swaying the tree im in? What wind speed makes the trees do this, plus do trees that are top heavy with big branches and still have leaves on them catch the wind more therefore swaying more? Can anyone ease my nervousness?!?! Thanks!

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

To answer the latter part of your question, evergreen trees, like pines and spruce trees, don't shed their needles in the fall like hardwoods, and therefore have more of a "sail" for the wind to act upon. They will sway more in the wind than trees that have shed their leaves.
I don't blame you for feeling nervous. Keep your safety harness in place, and fastened high enough on the tree that if you should fall, you will still be able to reach your stand, and not be swinging halfway between it and the ground. Good luck.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I don't like stalk hunting or hunting from a tree stand when the winds are above 10 mph. The primary reason is that I never see deer in such conditions. I wonder if they just stay still because they have trouble hearing or smelling danger. I depend on sight and sound to detect deer before they become aware of me. Higher winds make it harder for me to notice deer movement and sound.

Like you, I've gotten worried when well up in a tree in windy conditions. Just think about it; high wind can break a tree without the increased one-sided vertical load of a hunter and the possible increased wind load presented by that hunter. The higher you are, the more stress you put on the tree...

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from TJ wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

If I didn't hunt in winds above that in Kansas I wouldn't hunt.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Posted earlier about hunting in the wind.

If the deer in my area did not feed or move when it was windy, they would starve to death!! LOL!!

I've killed deer in 25/30mph winds. Seldom do we get "still" days. I'm hunting this afternoon because winds are predicted to be in the 5/10 mph range. Pretty calm for my portion of the Great Southwest!
Not only that, I'm hunting a bluff overlooking a watercourse where wind speeds are normally 5/10 mph above normal! Terrain, I suppose?

To me, the key is finding a secluded/protected spot where they can get out of the wind a bit. Not always easily located, but well worth the effort.

Good hunting!!

Bubba

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

P.S. - I don't hunt from tree stands for the very reason you spoke of! I hunt from "pop-ups" and ground blinds!

Bubba

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from lawman328 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

What the heck are you going 30ft up in the tree for? Dang, I would be nervous too.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth here for a bit so please bear with me. I like to bow hunt out of whitepines for concealment and scent control, about 20-23' up. I DO NOT like to be up there is much wind because I've seen big pines that have sheared or twisted off in high winds and have no desire to ride one of those things to the ground. The first day of WV archery was a fine example as I mentioned on this site earlier, don't remember where. The wind started whistling, the tree acted like it was doing the twist, and I climbed down post haste. Now, having said that, and I can't explain why, I've seen deer movement in the wind, enough to keep my interest, I just don't like that white pine thrill ride.

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from mwoller wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

hunting in wind can work the faster the wind the more your cent blows around so you need to be even more careful with possition. It also makes it harder to hear them. but it dose help cover you movements at times to. Yes top heavy trees with leaves will catch more wind and the higher you go in the tree the more it will sway.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I tend to hunt whenever I have time. A few years ago, I was in a stand 25 feet high in 50 MPH wind. It is dangerous though because big limbs are flying and the tree sways a LOT. However, you can get closer to the deer because they can't get much scent and an arrow flying through the trees is viewed as just another piece of blowing debris.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

To answer the latter part of your question, evergreen trees, like pines and spruce trees, don't shed their needles in the fall like hardwoods, and therefore have more of a "sail" for the wind to act upon. They will sway more in the wind than trees that have shed their leaves.
I don't blame you for feeling nervous. Keep your safety harness in place, and fastened high enough on the tree that if you should fall, you will still be able to reach your stand, and not be swinging halfway between it and the ground. Good luck.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I don't like stalk hunting or hunting from a tree stand when the winds are above 10 mph. The primary reason is that I never see deer in such conditions. I wonder if they just stay still because they have trouble hearing or smelling danger. I depend on sight and sound to detect deer before they become aware of me. Higher winds make it harder for me to notice deer movement and sound.

Like you, I've gotten worried when well up in a tree in windy conditions. Just think about it; high wind can break a tree without the increased one-sided vertical load of a hunter and the possible increased wind load presented by that hunter. The higher you are, the more stress you put on the tree...

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from 007 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I'm talking out of both sides of my mouth here for a bit so please bear with me. I like to bow hunt out of whitepines for concealment and scent control, about 20-23' up. I DO NOT like to be up there is much wind because I've seen big pines that have sheared or twisted off in high winds and have no desire to ride one of those things to the ground. The first day of WV archery was a fine example as I mentioned on this site earlier, don't remember where. The wind started whistling, the tree acted like it was doing the twist, and I climbed down post haste. Now, having said that, and I can't explain why, I've seen deer movement in the wind, enough to keep my interest, I just don't like that white pine thrill ride.

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from TJ wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

If I didn't hunt in winds above that in Kansas I wouldn't hunt.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

Posted earlier about hunting in the wind.

If the deer in my area did not feed or move when it was windy, they would starve to death!! LOL!!

I've killed deer in 25/30mph winds. Seldom do we get "still" days. I'm hunting this afternoon because winds are predicted to be in the 5/10 mph range. Pretty calm for my portion of the Great Southwest!
Not only that, I'm hunting a bluff overlooking a watercourse where wind speeds are normally 5/10 mph above normal! Terrain, I suppose?

To me, the key is finding a secluded/protected spot where they can get out of the wind a bit. Not always easily located, but well worth the effort.

Good hunting!!

Bubba

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

P.S. - I don't hunt from tree stands for the very reason you spoke of! I hunt from "pop-ups" and ground blinds!

Bubba

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from lawman328 wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

What the heck are you going 30ft up in the tree for? Dang, I would be nervous too.

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from mwoller wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

hunting in wind can work the faster the wind the more your cent blows around so you need to be even more careful with possition. It also makes it harder to hear them. but it dose help cover you movements at times to. Yes top heavy trees with leaves will catch more wind and the higher you go in the tree the more it will sway.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 23 weeks ago

I tend to hunt whenever I have time. A few years ago, I was in a stand 25 feet high in 50 MPH wind. It is dangerous though because big limbs are flying and the tree sways a LOT. However, you can get closer to the deer because they can't get much scent and an arrow flying through the trees is viewed as just another piece of blowing debris.

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