Do you like deer hunting windy days? It can be extremely frustrating. It’s harder to pick up movement on a windy day, and it’s hard to hear a deer approaching also. They can’t pick up your movement as well, or hear you as well either. I have decided not to hunt on windy days before. But if you are thinking you cant bag big bucks on windy days think again.
Hunting Windy Days
My father was deer hunting the first week of the season in 1997. He hunted that morning then went back to camp and decided to eat lunch and get back in the woods early. It was very windy to be deer hunting. But he was back out there early with hopes of seeing some big bucks. It was around 1:20pm and the wind was wiping. He was in a tripod stand that we called the rock stand. It sits on a hillside in some pines looking down to the most beautiful food plot beside a creek surrounded by a big hardwood ridge. Suddenly some does rushed out in the food plot, followed by a very nice trophy buck. He knew it was a shooter immediately. He aimed and shot but missed. The buck didn’t know which way the shot came from and ran closer to my father. His second shot didn’t miss. It was his biggest buck ever and it came on a very windy day.
This is the trophy buck my dad took deer hunting windy days in Jasper county.
One morning one of my good friends and I went hunting at a club I was a member of in Walton county, in Georgia. That morning driving to the club we noticed how windy it was. But we didn’t let that discourage us. I took my friend to a location in some mature pines close to a big hardwood ridge. Then I went to a stand about four hundred yards away. It was so windy, I thought I was going to get sea sick up in that pine tree. About 9:30am I had enough, I decided to get down and still hunt around the edge of a big clear-cut. Then I heard my friend shoot. When I got over to him he was grinning like a mule eating briars. He had just taken his biggest buck ever, and it was on a very windy day. So if you are having second thoughts about hunting on a windy day, just remember you just might get that buck of a lifetime hunting windy days.
This is the Jasper county trophy my father took on October 27, 1997
There are many different strategies and techniques that can help increase your odds deer hunting. We all have our favorite strategies for big bucks.
Hunting Bucks Bedrooms
My favorite one is hunting bucks bedrooms. Once I’m able to locate where he is bedding, then I can use that to increase my odds of getting him. When I’m deer hunting big bucks, I like to scout during the season. I like to look for trails leading to or from a feeding area to his bedding area. I look for rubs, scrapes, fresh droppings, tracks, and secondary trails. Rubs can tell you which way a bucks are heading. If the rubs are heading towards the bedding area these are made usually just before daylight as he makes his way back to the bedroom before daylight to bed for the day. If the rubs are leading away from the bedding area to the food source usually these are made late evening to dark. The rubs and scrapes made close to the bedding area may be his staging area where he holds up until he feels safe enough to come out once it’s dark. My favorite strategy is to locate the freshest scrape closest to the bedroom and depending which way the rubs are leading set up on the downwind side of that scrape. You may want to get there way before daylight or dark. Making sure to approach the area from the downwind side and being very careful not to be heard or seen. You don’t want to get to close to the scrape. The buck may just try to scent check the scrape and end up being downwind of you. Depending on weather you are using a bow or gun get within that range but not to close. This a super effective way to harvest mature whitetail bucks. Just make sure not to bump him or put to much pressure on him. Or he will leave the area for good! One time I set up on a scrape close to a bedding area, but I was to close and the buck scent checked the scrape and the game was over, and I was the loser. He made a complete circle around me to get wind of me. I know for a fact this strategy works if done properly. I’ve done it. I harvested a nice ten pointer using this technique. Sounds easy right? Not so fast my friend! The wind must be right or it wont work. Good luck hunting your bucks bedroom.
This is the Lincoln county buck Ronnie took.
Have you ever decided to sleep in when you were going deer hunting? For one reason or another you decided to stay in the bed ,and not get after those big bucks. We’ve all been there and done that. Maybe the weather was bad, or you just needed some sleep. When that alarm goes off sometimes it’s just hard to get out of that nice warm bed. Even if that’s the case there is still hope of getting that trophy buck. Such was the case the last week of the 2007 deer season and this Lincoln county buck in Georgia.
Ronnie’s Lincoln County Buck
It was rainy and foggy Monday morning when the alarm woke my father-in-law Bill and his nephew Ronnie. They were deer hunting at there hunting and fishing camp. They decided to sleep in. When they woke up around 7:30 the rain had stopped. It was time to go hunting. They were hoping to see some big bucks. Bill decided to go to a stand on a food plot on the same side of the road as the camp. Ronnie decided to go across the road from the camp, to a stand on a hardwood ridge with some planted pines behind it. Bill got in the stand around 8:00am. He hadn’t been there long at all when he heard Ronnie shoot. Ronnie had just got up in his stand when he heard something behind him to the right. He turned to see a really big buck running. He bleated with his mouth(quick thinking)and the deer stopped. He put his rifle up and aimed and squeezed the trigger on the big Lincoln county buck. But the safety was on, when he flipped it off the big buck took off again, Ronnie bleated again and the deer stopped in a small opening, Ronnie aimed and didn’t miss. The big deer dropped, Ronnie had just taken his biggest buck ever. It was a short but sweet hunt. Bill helped him get the big brute out. This goes to show you if you get up late it’s not to late to get a big buck. Who knows you might get your biggest buck ever.