I live in N Idaho (Latah County). A while back my wife came upstairs telling me there was a racoon on the back porch growling at her. I said ...`yeah, right'. But I decided to go look. Yeah ... three big buggers on my back porch. No fear. From time to time they come visit. And if you are between them and the door, they either wait, or tear a hole in the screen and go around. I'm told they live under an abandoned house at the other end of the block.
And I see some bird hunting now and then. So, they are around. Dunno what kind of population they constitute. Pretty much all the ones I've seen are within or close to city limits. Don't know if they exist out in the `wild'.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...