Making a Convenient Wind Tracker
After the Wind Tracker products have become unavailable for purchase, I have been looking for something to fill the void in my hunting gear. When I have a problem, I always start by breaking it down into spate questions; this helps me visualize what I need and what to do.
The first question I always ask is: “What do I need this thing to do?”
I need this device to carry a small amount of synthetic fiber so that I can use the fibers to determine wind direction. It needs to be compact and quiet and be able to attach to my bino harness. The materials I had available to me included a lens cloth in a neoprene pouch.
I took one of these pouches (which are already equipped with a small hook in order for you to attach it to your bino harness) and removed the lens cloth. I then took a small amount of Dacron fibers and stuffed the inside of the pouch. After the pouch was filled, I sewed the bottom of the pouch half way closed so that I could pull small amounts of fibers out at will.
Having both a lens cloth and the fiber pouch clipped to my bino harness can be cumbersome at times, but it remains very compact and quiet.
Having my Wind Tracking device so readily available helps me keep my mind on what the wind is doing. I use them frequently, and absolutely love the performance of the fibers. At a distance, you can see the swirls in the wind, catch updrafts, downdrafts and other changes in the wind currents.