Wind during the rut

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  1. alfarah50

    alfarah50 Weekend Warrior

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    I'm thinking about taking off a cpl days first week of November. I have a few sets hung but I am worried about the wind. During the rut how important is wind compared to non-rut?? I don't wana take off for 3 days and have bad wind etc.
     
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    Always play the wind no matter the time of the year. You can get busted by a doe that alerts all the other deer in the area. You can also have a buck cruising around looking for does that will still be alert to his surroundings and scents in that area.
     
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    I think it becomes less important during the rut. The deer really can come from any direction during the rut. If I have X number of days to hunt, and the wind isn't cooperating in my only potentially productive area, I'll still hunt that area. I would simply hunt higher up than usual. Just 2 days ago, I had a basket 8pt come from behind me (10yrds) and feed his way directly down wind of my location, and he did not smell me! My odor must have been above him, because I use zero scent control.
     
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    ruteger Die Hard Bowhunter

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    How high up were you?
     
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    This stand set up is 25', I won't hunt lower than 20'. Public land deer are hip! haha
     
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    That's reassuring. I'm up 30' in my gun stand (a big spruce overlooking a large thicket/bedding area), but only 15-18' in my bow stands. I'll have to look at moving up a little next year. Thanks for the reply
     
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    Idk man. Depends what kind of land you hunt. If your hunting peer hardwoods where deer come from any direction , then it can be a crap shoot. You just hunt what u believe is your best wind based on deer history movement. If u are hunting large agricultural fields with know travel and bedding areas, then ya wind direction is priority one.
     

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