Wind Direction Chart - Stand Selection

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Here is a tip that may be handy for folks that hunt a lot of different tree stands – of that climb the same trees on your property fairly often.

We all know that it is crucial to play the wind when we hunt – and there is always the age old question “which stand should I hunt”…

Here is how I start to narrow it down and I will apologize for the crude drawing… I listed all of my stands for the land I am hunting this year and then I drew the equivalent of a compass rose (sort of) and listed east, west, north and south…

I then calculated the best wind directions for each stand and drew a line inside the compass rose – one line for each stand – and gave that line an “allowable” wind pattern for that stand.

I then look at a wind direction for any given day and reference the rose to determine which stands would be applicable to hunt on that wind direction.

For instance, if there was an east / southeast wind – I look for stands that have an allowable tolerance on the chart… and then I decide which one, if there are more than one – that I will hunt that day.

This is not my only guideline for hunting a particular stand, of course, but it at least lets me know at a glance which ones are right – at least for the forecasted wind direction – or the wind direction that I have determined based on outside observations.

There are times that I hunt stands that have the wrong direction according to this chart – for instance, the range may allow from, say, north through east winds for a stand… if there is a northwest wind, that may still not rule out the entire viewing area of that stand.

I am starting a small club in 2011 – 270 acres - and I expect to have 12 to 15 stands on the property – I am going to create a laminated chart with a pivoting pointer in the center of the chart – my members and I will simply align the pointer with a known wind direction and we will be able to tell, at a glance, which stands MAY be appropriate for that wind direction.

We could even create a set of "arms" that cover say.... 75 degrees of the compass... set the pointer at the known wind direction and if the stand falls  in that range, you are good to go, at least from a scent and wind direction standpoint!

Give this a try and see if it at least helps answer the question – “Which stand will I hunt today”!!!


ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the tip Jim. We

Thanks for the tip Jim. We all know probably the single most important factor in deer hunting is the wind. If you can play the wind right every time you will greatly increase your chances on getting that big buck you are after.

groovy mike's picture



I'm impressed.  This is not a bad idea at all. 

I have never seen this done before so it is a great tip.  everyone says to play teh wind but no one has illustrated it like this for me before.  That's a pretty neat idea.  Itis not exclusively applicable to tree stand users only either.  The wind affects all hunting including those of us who set up our blinds on teh ground.  I'll have to give this idea some more thought and try to apply it to my hunting area.  The wind is not entirely reliable to stick in a given dircetion though.  for instance morning and evening thermals along slopes and ridges seem to have as much effect as any other wind pattern. 

Still it is one more factor to consider.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention.


ecubackpacker's picture

That's a good idea we've been

That's a good idea we've been using for a while. We took an areial photo and enlarged it. We marked all the stands on the map. Then we laminated it to weather proof it.
Maybe we having been doing the same thing as you discuss. Come to think of it, we never used a pointer to mark wind direction. We just visualized the wind direction while studying the map for the days hunt.
That's a good idea to use an extra wide pointer to judge which stand to use. It would really help people that haven't hunted the property before.
Thanks for sharing your tip and good hunting to you onnext years lease.