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)
Check out the video below and learn how to play the wind to your advantage for better whitetail deer hunting success!
Find out what deer hunting and playing the lottery have in common. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.
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. The last thing you want is for your hunt to end with deer blowing before it even gets started.
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.
Think you’ve got the skills to score a big buck from a photo? Well today you’ll get your chance… and there’s a prize on the line. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.
Buck scoring contest
Today on the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute, we get the chance to take a look at a great whitetail buck taken by West Wells of Hawkinsville, Georgia. This buck was taken by rifle in Pulaski County on November 21st, 2015. You can submit your best guess on the score of this buck in the comments below. The person with the closest gross score before deductions, will win the N1 Outdoors Hide ‘N Seek Buck tshirt.
Good luck to all of you and thank you again to Wes for allowing us to share his buck with the N1 Outdoors community.
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.
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.