freeboro wrote:I don't feel that my deer are that pressured (relatively speaking anyways) and I'm a big woods, hill country hunter so there really is not "wide open spaces", some open-ish woods, yes, but I'd think they could find their way around those utilizing terrain for cover at the least. So, based on that, and what you said, I'd think the chances of them relocating because of a significant wind switch are pretty good?
I've hunted a lot of different terrains types...and would like to add that all the major shifts in bedding that I've seen have occurred in this type of terrain and in areas with little pressure.
Starting around 10/20 I shift from just hunting evenings...to hunting mornings and evenings, even all day at times. In the mornings, I like to setup on the down wind terrain edge of doe bedding or a primary food source, which are often one and the same or in very close proximity. I shift back hunting evenings only again around 11/20.
So the rut could play a roll in the shifts I've seen....that's the only time period I hunt mornings, noon or all day....so I have no eye witness accounts of a major shift outside the rut.