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Deer hunting tip | How to hunt the wind

So, what’s the big deal with deer hunting and all this “upwind” and “downwind” talk?

Every year hunters make mistakes by not paying attention to wind direction. You can have all the deer in the world on your property, but if you don’t pay attention to wind direction, you will be severely limiting your chances of harvesting a whitetail. Learn how to hunt the wind and give yourself the best chance for hunting success while in the field.

How to hunt the wind (keep it in your face)

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In the graphic above the yellow indicates wind direction. If deer are typically in the location indicated in this graphic, a hunter would want to approach the stand location from the “downwind” side of the deer, so they would not be alerted by the hunter’s scent.

Check out the video below and learn how to play the wind to your advantage for better whitetail deer hunting success!

(Wind Direction video transcript)

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Suppose I knew the five winging numbers to the lottery and all you had to do was guess the order they go into to win. How many of you would refuse that information and instead, decide to guess the numbers yourself and the order they go in?

Hopefully none of you, but that’s exactly what many deer hunters do every season by not paying attention to the wind.

Wind direction is critical in deer hunting

All the scouting and trail can picture is in the world won’t make up for poor planning when it comes to wind direction. For you bow hunters out there, it’s even more critical. Always be aware of which way the wind is blowing, not only in regards to stand location, but also in relation to the entry and exit routes to and from your stand or hunting location.

Stay downwind of the deer in all situations. For those of you not familiar with the terms “upwind” and “downwind,” an easy way to remember, is to be sure the wind is in your face when approaching and hunting your favorite trail or location.

Paying careful attention to wind direction certainly won’t help you win the lottery, but when combined with effective scouting, planning and accuracy, it will increase your chances of seeing and taking more deer.

We hope you have a great week and remember… “where the moments happen, we’ll meet you there.” We’ll see you next time.

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(Entry And Exit Routes To Your Deer Stand video transcript)

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Deer stand strategy

For you hunters out there, the wait until the start of deer season can seem like an eternity. But don’t just sit around waiting. It’s never too early to start thinking about access routes to your stand. Start clearing now, and it will only take a few minutes in the weeks prior to the season and will limit the amount of scent you leave in those locations.

Wind Direction

Remember, wind direction is critical to entry and exit routes so you want to do everything you can to stay downwind of bedding areas as well as travel routes that lead to food sources. Thanks for joining us for this edition of the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

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