Afternoon hunt - wind questions / discussion

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Re: Afternoon hunt - wind questions / discussion

Unread postby Autumn Ninja » Sat Oct 04, 2014 3:35 pm

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.


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Re: Afternoon hunt - wind questions / discussion

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:19 am

This weekend's scenario for me; 2 Sq. mi. map, little pressure and fairly big-woods.

This spot in particular will be my 4th season hunting, so I'm getting some history and some action on a more consistent basis.

I will be setting up just East of the NW markings where I jumped a nice Buck & Bear last year
It was 3:30in the afternoon w/ a W/SW wind and the date was 11/2/13.
Both animals were staged together and jumped them within 10-minutes time of each other!!! Talk about exciting...
Buck was bedded and must have watched me running through the woods trying to get a shot @ the Bear with my muzzleloader.


Any other suggestions are welcome?
Would you guy's hunt this considering the winds described below or...?
Do you think a Buck would bed on the S end and move during the day to that NW location (1/4 mile)?


1) Tomorrow early AM is a N/NW wind
2) Mid AM is rotates counter-clockwise to W/NE
3) Mid-day to W
4) 4PM is W/SW
5) Closing time the wind is SW

So in this example the wind shift throughout the day is about 100 degree's...
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Red arrows are direction animals moved when I saw them.
Green was the wind direction that day of jumping the Bead/Deer.
Little footprints where other mature Deer either taken or seen.
Green centerpoints are known bedding.

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Re: Afternoon hunt - wind questions / discussion

Unread postby dan » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:27 am

Interesting Ed... I would think there might be a buck or bear bedded there now, you got the same wind... But I really don't see your set up...
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Re: Afternoon hunt - wind questions / discussion

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Sun Oct 05, 2014 2:33 am

I wonder if my post was unclear Dan...

I will hunt his tomorrow with the anticipated winds shown.
I figured in the AM the Buck might bed on the SE side of the hill and shift during the day based on the 100 degree counter-clockwise wind direction?
Leaving the Buck/Bear in the area of where I jumped them last year.
Only piece of the puzzle is different time of the year...?
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Re: Afternoon hunt - wind questions / discussion

Unread postby dan » Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:08 am

Still a little un-clear...

I will be setting up just East of the NW markings where I jumped a nice Buck & Bear last year

From what I can make out, just east of the markings (if I am looking at the right markings) would put you down hill of the anticipated beds, thus your thermals would bust you.

I could see a wind shift based on the small points.
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Re: Afternoon hunt - wind questions / discussion

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:17 am

Yellow is my plan...

I'm all ears, so anyone take a stab at this hill.

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Re: Afternoon hunt - wind questions / discussion

Unread postby Edcyclopedia » Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:54 am

dan wrote:Still a little un-clear...

I will be setting up just East of the NW markings where I jumped a nice Buck & Bear last year

From what I can make out, just east of the markings (if I am looking at the right markings) would put you down hill of the anticipated beds, thus your thermals would bust you.

I could see a wind shift based on the small points.


My thoughts are that by 4-5PM the hill will be shaded and the thermals will start to change (within reason) and being slightly off wind
whatever thermals would/could rise would be just to the side of the bedding due to the way the wind shifts during the day...?
Does sound complicated as I type this - food for thought - anyone?
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