Cutter wrote:This past weekend I went out to hunt an area I knew bucks would be bedded. It's a ridge point running N to S. We had a predicted W to NW wind this weekend making it a decent time to go in and set up. However, once I got to where I might set up the wind kept switching from NW to SW essentially blowing straight up and down the entire bedding area. It was around 2pm. Also, the thermal currents kept switching. One minute they are going right into the bedding, the next they are pulling down the ridge as I wanted. My question is can you avoid this situation? How do you adjust? Or does it even matter? I appreciate all replies.
That’s a tough one. My first question is how strong were the winds? I’m assuming very light as you mentioned thermals in relation to an earlier time. They should be working opposite to how you mentioned here. Before sunset they will pull up with the heat rising. As the lower elevations cool, they will pull down. Second question is how high up on the overall elevation were you? Things get real squirrelly in hill country if you aren’t above the top 1/4 or more. Even then they can be a fickle beast depending on the topography.
Lastly I’ll say that in most hill country scenarios I’ve hunted you’ll learn that there is generally a “clean” wind direction. Meaning a forecasted wind where the hill country will route it in a predicted fashion. Dan refers to this as a wind tunnel. It is something that generally cannot be seen on an aerial or topo and something that has to be experienced firsthand.