PREDICT DIRECTION Sounds simple, doesn't it? Unfortunately, once you throw swamps, woods, and hills into the mix, predicting wind patterns becomes more difficult. All that hunters can count on is that air currents will sink downhill at dawn, typically the coldest time of day; then, as the sun touches the hilltops and creates upper-elevation warmth, the breeze will turn around and be pulled upward. For the still-hunter, a good strategy is to climb through the morning gloom with a rifle at the ready, heading toward an area where you expect deer to feed, such as an oak stand at the top of a ridge. Then, when the wind shifts, make a series of forays downhill toward places where you expect deer to bed, such as a hillside bench. If you can keep the sun at your back, so much the better, for the glare will help hide you from the deer's keen eyes.