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Location: central, IL
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Wind and Smell......i'm corn-fused

ok....theres a field i hunt.....has some standing corn and beans so it draws a few deer here and there.

the field, for the sake of argument, is roughly square.

on the North, East, and South side is dense cover....i assume there must be deer bedding in there, west side is a short bit of brush, some prairie and a parking lot.

for afternoons i park to the west and walk through the field to a stand on one of the 3 edges.

since i'm hunting the field....do i want the wind to my face?

if the wind is to my face, then my smell is blowing back into the bedding areas.....

but if i have the wind to my back, then it blows my smell into the field

I'm sorta confused...cuz everyone saws to hunt facing the wind......but this seems like it would kinda backfire here

Location: kcmo
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Wind and Smell......i'm corn-fused

I am definately not a great hunter but I think I would like a cross wind in that situation. another words, you are hunting the eastern edge for example. I would set up a stand either just north or just south of where I believe they are coming out depending on whether you want to hunt a north or south wind in that situation. Just my thoughts....................

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Wind and Smell......i'm corn-fused

If you are hunting in the evening you will want the wind to carry your scent away from the bedding area.

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Location: central, IL
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Wind and Smell......i'm corn-fused
redrider wrote:
If you are hunting in the evening you will want the wind to carry your scent away from the bedding area.

thanks....thats kinda what i was thinking, but everyone always says to hunt with your face in the wind.....so i wasn't sure how that applied....

thanks!

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Location: St. Louis County
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Wind and Smell......i'm corn-fused

Greg,

You are hunting with your face to the wind because you're trying to catch them coming out to feed. If they smell you when their in the bedding area, they won't even come to the field.

-Dave

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Location: Southern Virginia
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High winds and deer movement

My farm is usually in a bad way when it comes to wind. The wind usually blows from the west, or southwest. The bedding area is on the back, in the swamp(due east). In other words, the wind is usually to my back regardless of where I want to hunt. I have killled some nice bucks this way, but I've had alot smell me, too. My question would be, do you think bucks move much in windy situations like we've had for a couple of days? When I used to hunt some other farms, I found that deer would come out into fields on windy evenings, but woods hunting did little good. I'm on my way to the swamp as soon as I get off this computer. May be a waste of time?

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Location: new brunswick
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Re: High winds and deer movement
tesoronut wrote:
My farm is usually in a bad way when it comes to wind. The wind usually blows from the west, or southwest. The bedding area is on the back, in the swamp(due east). In other words, the wind is usually to my back regardless of where I want to hunt. I have killled some nice bucks this way, but I've had alot smell me, too. My question would be, do you think bucks move much in windy situations like we've had for a couple of days? When I used to hunt some other farms, I found that deer would come out into fields on windy evenings, but woods hunting did little good. I'm on my way to the swamp as soon as I get off this computer. May be a waste of time?

..it's never a waste of time to get out hunting where the wife can't find you for a few hours even with the wind you never know when a nice buck will pop up

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Location: Kingston, MI
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Wind and Smell......i'm corn-fused

Deer don't move as much during strong winds......but you can't shoot a buck if you're not out there hunting.

Whenever I have time to hunt, it doesn't matter what the weather is doing. I get out there and hunt. The only weather condition that keeps me in the house is lightning.

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Location: Northern Minnesota
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Wind and Smell......i'm corn-fused

If you hunt with the wind blowing on your face you will have your back toward approaching deer. Generally speaking you should try to position yourself at a right angle to the wind. Deer like to bed where they can face downwind. You can face the wind if you have a lake etc. behind you where deer will not be approaching you. Of course sometimes dumb luck plays to your advantage and you can do everything " wrong" and still harvest your deer.

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