Wind Direction and the Whitetail Deer - by Brad Biddle

Submitted By Admin Dec .27.2018

As hunters we all know how important it is to pay attention to the wind. We always try to keep the wind to our advantage but sometimes it seems we get beat at this game over and over. Why is this, and what can we do to overcome it? One thing a great friend of mine always says is "We can't try to take everything away from them and expect to be successful."

After spending a lifetime in the field I quickly realized that no matter where you try to hunt because of a particular wind, the deer seem to come out somewhere else. How can this be? This simple answer is, they have to have the wind to their advantage too. So, how can you ever become successful if this is the way it is going to be? the true answer is, you rely on scent control, good camo, and taking chances to put you in the right place. To break this down a little more, let's say you are hunting a food plot and the wind is wrong for you to hunt a particular stand. You definitely want to hunt so you decide to go to the other end of the plot and see what happens. You sit there and notice all the deer coming out where you wanted to hunt but couldn't. Why? Because the wind was right for them to come out there. It's pretty simple if you think about it.

So, instead of always thinking you have to have the wind in your face, start taking chances and hunting quartering winds that parallel a trail entering a plot. Start trying to figure out where the deer will come from and how you can be there as well. Start relying on scent control regimens every time you hunt. Pay close attention to rising thermals in the morning and falling thermals in the evening. To sum it up, it doesn't matter if the wind from you to them is only off by a few yards. If they can't smell you, they can't smell you. Brad Biddle Hunters Specialties Field Staff