If you are having to skirt around a bedding area, downwind. How much distance would you give yourself? Also, same question for locations where you HAVE to cross upwind. How far upwind is enough?[ Post made via iPhone ]
Good questions, but I don't think there is a solid answer cause of variables. Not all scenarios are the same. You can walk 50 yards up wind of a buck is there is a trail there people walk a lot... One deer might jump and take off if he smells you at 300 yards, the next might let you walk past at 50...
I try to find a way not to walk up wind of a bed unless I am trying to make sure the buck don't leave in that direction... When I circle a bedding area for a hunt where I don't want that deer to know im there its as far back as possible, and if its up wind its as fast as possible.
I have noticed a trait with a lot of deer letting you walk by then 15 or 20 minutes later they get up and sneak away the other direction... I seen Andrea kill a couple that did just that back in the 90's, and I can remember a bedding area I had no choice because of land borders to walk 75 yards up wind past. I got around and set up my stand and was there in my tree probably 40 minutes after passing when a big buck got up and tip toed out and kept looking over its shoulder looking nervous at the area where I passed.