So I took a long weekend from work and am planning on hunting Thursday through Sunday. I noticed today that winds in my area are going to be in the 20-25 mph range. I have never hunted in anything like this. Does anyone have any extra advice or success hunting in high winds?
When winds are that high the deer usually hunker down... you can use this time to your advantage... they will usually try to find a place that is protected from the wind... when it is really windy they can't hear well enough to pick up single noises and they have a hard time smelling... if you have a standing corn field, you can use the wind to your advantage... the rustling leaves of the corn will cover your sound, keep the wind in your face and look for grassy areas in the cornfield where they may bed... I've never pulled off a successful cornfield stalk before, but I got close a couple of times...
I don't have a whole lot of experience hunting in high winds. Last year during opening weekend of firearms, winds were really bad and we had higher than normal temps. In a woods where I consider myself very lucky to see 1 deer, throughout the day I had 4 different groups of deer come in on me. The deer were very skittish and were on high alert. They didn't seem to stay in the same spot for very long, but that could have been the push from other hunters as well, being opening weekend and all.
Hi wind actually help you from being zeroed in on. Deer can not pin pont your location, but are normally on alert for movement. Hunt higher if you'r in a climber. Strap in.
I would not go higher in high winds. The higher you go the more the tree will sway. Not only is it more dangerous, it is also much more likely that you will make a bad shot on an animal due to the swaying.