Windy days can be very frustrating when deer hunting windy days. That being said deer hunting windy days can be to your advantage.
Deer Hunting Windy Days
The whitetail buck on the left here is my father’s best buck ever and it was taken on a very blustery afternoon of deer hunting. The big bucks are far less likely to pick off your movements when it is windy. Just this past season here in Kansas I decided to go scout a piece of public land.
The season had already started and I had been wanting to check out this particular piece of property. It was around lunch time and the wind was blowing like crazy. I found a place where I could enter with the wind in my face and started easing in looking for trails rubs or scrapes. As I made my way over a hill I spotted antlers shining in the sun about 35 yards away. The wind was howling and the big 8 pointer never had a clue I was there. He was bedded on the side of the hardwood ridge in the sun. He wasn’t the type of buck I was after, but never the less he was a nice whitetail. I filmed him for about 25 minutes until he finally got up and meandered off. I have no doubt I could have stalked up closer to him and shot him with my bow had he of been a shooter.
I prefer to still hunt on really windy days rather than to hunt from a tree stand. I have been in some trees on really windy days that I literally had to hug I was so shook up the wind was whipping that tree around so hard. It would be really hard to make a clean ethical shot if your tree was constantly whipping around from the wind. That’s why I prefer to be stalking, and the big bucks for the most part will be bedded down on windy days. Not always though especially if the pre-rut or rut is kicking in.
The whitetail my father killed was on a very blustery mid-day and he was up following does. So just because the wind is blowing doesn’t always mean those big bucks are going to be bedded. Either way just because it is very windy outside you might not want to sleep in and use the wind as an excuse to do so. You might just have the best hunt of your life on that very windy day.