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How windy does it have to be before you sit it out? Hunted the last 2 nights in seriously gusty winds and tonight looks similar.
I go regardless....on the notion that you "can't shoot 'em from the couch"!
It's so close to that time of the year. Scent lok said it best f the wind , hunt
Depends if I’m sitting in a stable enough stand, and/or if I have a spot that’s somewhat shielded. But then that brings up the potential issues with swirling winds. 35-40mph+ is probably my cutoff point. But, like sticksender stated, can’t shoot em from the couch.
I think much above 25 and the animals don't like it, they can't trust their ears and everything is moving so the eyes aren't working that great either.
Maybe an interesting thread to start... What is highest wind speed you killed a buck in??
Oh yah' now that's a question thread start, Scar! Should also require brand of wind meter used! This otta be good. Actually, I do have quite a story about the best whitetail I shot in high wind. But I won't high jack this thread. should tell it though.
I did hunt, it was windy. The best part might have been the huge snowflakes pelting me!
Here’s what I seem to notice about the windy evenings. The deer seem to sit tight a lot longer before leaving bedding. They might be a little skittish but the wind really covers up Hunter mistakes. Light wind tonight finally.
I like to use windy days for scouting or setting up new stand sights. I'm not a hardcore whitey hunter anymore, tho. I don't enjoy sitting a tree when it's much more over 20 mph.
This day it was in the high teens, very windy with gusts around 35 mph.
I stay inside when the winds are so high the game leaves the woods and goes inside.
I've hunted some fierce winds. I've shot a couple good bucks in stiff winds. One I had to wait for a break in the 40ish MPH winds to shoot. I cinched myself tight to a tree that time so I just swayed with the tree, and shot in a seated position. Having said that, the other night was about the same and I opted out once I was in stand. The tree was moving too much and it just seemed sketchy. Never mind trying to shoot yet if everything went "right". To answer the question directly, if the wind is in my favour, I'll hunt until it seems unsafe.
I stay out of the big woods during high winds, we have a lot of snags and deadfall, dead limbs, etc., and hunt brush, doghair, cattails, or especially corn. Moderate winds are good for stalking and still hunting. I would rather hunt wind than calm any day. This was a 30 knot+ day. And cold. Deer were in the corn and moving/feeding to stay warm.