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Question by akid2009. Uploaded on September 17, 2009
Keep in mind "no wind" is very rare. A 2 mph breeze will still carry your scent out a little ways. If you ever question if there is no wind, get a powder you can spray up to really tell. Like puffing baby powder out of the top of the container and watch it drift. If it still looks like no wind, use your cover, and be VERY quiet. With no wind, your noise becomes 10 times bigger problem. Whitetails can hear quite well.
If there really is NO wind, forget about scent & focus on sound & movement. If the leaves are still & the woods are quiet, the deer will pick up every sound & move you make.
Like everybody said there really is no such thing as "no" wind. I found out in these past years that if you use the proper scent elimination products than you really dont have to focus on the wind and it direction as much.
If you're sitting in a tree stand with no wind your scent will just hang thick all around you. A deer wandering under will likely bust you. A sudden breeze will also move a lot of that heavy scent a good long distance. So, even with no wind, I try to continue thinking about the prevailing winds that can kick up any time.
even if you cant feel it the air is normally circulating . a bic lighter will tell you what way its blowing when you light it . it by some miracle its not blowing focus on your movements . make your sound as quiet as you can or make them sound as much like a deer or other animal as you can . a few steps pause one step scratch in the leaves a bit like a deer or squirrel feeding . try to sound like nature not like a guy stomping through the woods on a mission
there is always wind and air currents, even when it seems calm. that said, light rain on a calm day really keeps your scent down.
I always try to make sure that I maintain a good distance from the trails that deer typically come through on to make sure that my scent isn't right in their faces. A light steady wind is a good thing, because it's predictable. Variable winds can be rough to deal with.
Another thought is that you should consider taking advantage of a deer stand (instead of hunting on the ground) to get your scent off the ground. It will dissipate more easily up high.
as long as the season is in im out there regaurdless of the conditions.
personal i like to hunt in the rain
If you'll be hunting hilly terrain, the air will usually heat up as the sun rises causing thermal rising, so ridges, flats and benches closer to the top will be best for morning hunts, oppisite for evening hunts when the the temps creat cooling thermals that drop off the hills and flow down the terrain. I Keep these thermals in mind when setting stands. powder puffs and other wind checkers work great showing what wind is in your area. A smoke bomb will give you a great idea of wind direction and wind/scent drift for stand locations, just remember to set off smoke bombs way before your season starts. I hang 12-16 inch crochet threads (bits and peices can be bout at fabric stores or walmarts) that blow in the lightest of wind that gives direction of the wind at each of my stands, just a glance and I can see what the wind is doing.
The idea of "hunting the wind" is to keep your scent from blowing into the deer's nostrils. If there is no wind, the deer won't smell you until it gets right on top of you. Fall winds are predominantly from the north and of course as others have said above, if you are hunting ridges, the air moves up and down the ridges in predictable patterns. Just be aware of the wind and try to keep your scent from the deer. Getting up off the ground helps a lot and can often help avoid detection even if the wind is blowing your scent toward the deer.
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