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wind

Do you really worry about wind direction when you choose a stand location? I choose all my stand locations due to sign and/or a location that will funnel deer movement (to my mind). As often as I do this (every year!!) I also end up sitting in one, figuring that the deer are going to come in from the 4 O'Clock position when, in fact, the deer come in from the 10 O'Clock heading. In other words, if I had forsaken this stand due to "bad winds" I'd have not seen Mr Big saunter in from the opposite direction.  Confused

Well...??

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It all depends on the stand

It all depends on the stand I"m hunting that day. Some stands, or shall I say the stand's height, don't really require you to pay attention to the wind. Let me explain what I'm talking about. We hunt some treestands, or climbers as we call them, where we get well above the deers sense of smell. When I say this, I mean 40 to 60 feet high in the tree. From these advantage points in these particular trees, we can see to extreme ranges where we can observe the deer and their movements. I have noticed over the years, while hunting these stands at this height, that the deer haven't smelled me when crossing or approaching from downwind. 

Now, when hunting box stands or regular height, loc-on type treestands, I do pay attention to the wind direction and any wind swirls that may occur because of terrrain. I'm always scent free as much as possible and I hunt the cross wind when the stand and terrain allows.

I think a big buck will catch you more often than not from the scent you leave while walking to the stand. That become accustomed to the "dangerous" scents  in the woods. Once he finds out he is being hunted, he'll go nocturnal or use a different area entirely. So I'll say what has been said a 1,000 times before now, the first time you hunt a big buck is the best time to kill him.

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I agree!

The FIRST time is normally the best time. One more comment though.... 40-60' above the ground!!! Help!  and I am a former helicopter pilot!!

All I can say, is more power to you!! Thumbs up

 

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Yea, it is a unique situation

Yea, it is a unique situation that is for sure. From that height and stand location, I can observe farther than I can shoot. It's the same principle as an OP. I can sit there quietly and observe the deer movements to see where they are using. The last time I ranged the distance to the ground. The rangefinder read 18 yards and I was a couple of feet below where I normally position myself because the leaves had fallen and my viewing area was more open. Needless to say, I don't hunt it on windy days. lol

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100% of the time

I absolutely won't hunt a stand if the wind is not in my favor. I try to have at least 3 different stand locations for the same area so I can move if the wind changes or starts swirling around. I also don't believe that you can get "scent proof" enough no matter what you do. Simply breathing sends scent into the air and deer can scent even miniscule amounts of scents, their lives depend on that.

I have also been busted when deer have come in from a different direction than I thought they would but I can not say for certain that it was the Buck I was hunting or another that wandered in on the location. Conversely I have also killed Bucks that were down-wind from me. However everyone of those were highly alert and had only stopped long enough for me to shoot because they were still trying to determine exactly where I was, they were also all young deer.

 

After many months and sometimes years of scouting to learn a deers habits and tendencies I would never jeopardize all of that work and hunt from a stand where the wind is going to blow my scent directly into the area where I am confident that the deer are and will emerge from. Hunt another one after all you will still be hunting and you'll be using our presumed intellectual superiority to beat this one very wary animal.

But hey, thats just me and what I do.

 

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My opinion is sort of a

My opinion is sort of a combination of the replies.  No, I do not hang a stand based on wind direction.  As you said, I do so based on the sign and travel routes in the area.

However, I will not hunt that stand if the wind direction is not right.  Just because you have it all set up on the deer trails, and there is active sign, the wind can ruin any hunt.

I pay more atention to this than I do to scent proofing my clothes.  Wind can be the best and worst thing for a hunters success.

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