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Question by Mike Carroll. Uploaded on October 19, 2013
1) Playing the wind starts with looking at the areas you hunt on a map and figuring out where animals are likely to come from. Once you figure that out, it's as simple as waiting for the wind to blow in the direction where animals are not likely to come from.
2) No, I never sit at my stand if the wind is at my back. I want the wind blowing in my face.
3) It's good to have multiple stand locations so you have wind options, but some stand locations are only good for a specific wind, and for those spots you need to be patient and wait for the right wind.
4) If you want more info with regard to your specific hunting situation, go to www.biggamelogic.com, register a free account, make your camp map, friend me (I'm bioguy there too), and invite me into your camp. I'll take a look at what you have and make some recommendations.
When I started archery hunting I was in my wooden tree stand about 8' high in a tree at the top of a small ridge. The wind was coming up the hill behind me and into my back. About 8:30 the biggest 8pt deer I have gotten walked up the hill behind me and passed about 15yds to my side. It was pre-rut, he was just climbing the hill to get on top of the ridge. Shooting a recurve instinctively I got him with a broadside shot.
So, the wind may or may not mean something. Your chances are better to be aware of the wind, but anything can happen.
My best producing blind sits on top of a bluff.
The bluff is the south edge of a wheat pasture and the only area that deer frequent. There is a steady north wind.
My gun season is two weeks. If I "played the wind", I'd never hunt the bluff.
With a mere two week season, I pretty much throw rules out the window and just hunt.
I camo up.
I sit still.
I get there early.
I stay late.
I hunt midday.
I stay clean.
...and I hunt!
I've killed too many good stands by trying to hunt them on wrong or marginal wind. You MUST have the wind in your favor unless you believe in the Tooth Bunny and the Easter Fairy and have faith that they will send deer to your stand when they can smell you.
If you are hunting from a box blind with four windows, either on the ground or elevated, wind direction is never a problem.
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