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#5709449 - 04/20/15 10:10 PM Do you smoke in your blind?
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I do not smoke but I am just curious if there is a rule to this and in your opinion does it bother the deer or animal? do they even care? Because we use scents to cover our human body smells so.... Are you jeopardizing your hunt by doing this?
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#5709467 - 04/20/15 10:17 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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The best scent control is to hunt with the wind in your favor. I have a good friend who has smoked in a box blind or bow stand forever. He still was very successful since he hunted with the wind in his favor. He used no cover scent control either.
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#5709493 - 04/20/15 10:36 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: stxranchman]
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Okay I wanted to use this for another topic but here goes. How do you play the wind in your favor when you don't know which way the deer are coming? I hear people all the time you want the wind to shoot west to north or east to west. How do you really know when deer just come from any direction.
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#5709496 - 04/20/15 10:40 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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If you are stalking or still hunting you try to walk into the wind when hunting. If you are blind hunting over a feeder or food plot then you make sure the wind is not blowing from you to the food source. Scouting and setup ahead of time will help with your choice of what to do with any wind direction you encounter. Deer will need water, food and during the rut find the does- the bucks will be around them.
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#5709499 - 04/20/15 10:42 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
The best scent control is to hunt with the wind in your favor. I have a good friend who has smoked in a box blind or bow stand forever. He still was very successful since he hunted with the wind in his favor. He used no cover scent control either.


Exactly. My father used to smoke heavy but never had a problem killing big deer. He is an avid bow hunter and would smoke in the stand. If you asked him, the hardest part was lighting the cigarette because the lighter made too much noise. He also doesn't use cover scent, he hunts the wind.
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#5709503 - 04/20/15 10:47 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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Find the well used trails and set up watching them with the trail out in front of you and the wind blowing from your left to right or right to left, also referred to as hunting with a cross wind.

What you want to avoid is the wind at your back blowing toward the deer you are observing.
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#5709504 - 04/20/15 10:48 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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Originally Posted By: Stickman11b
Okay I wanted to use this for another topic but here goes. How do you play the wind in your favor when you don't know which way the deer are coming? I hear people all the time you want the wind to shoot west to north or east to west. How do you really know when deer just come from any direction.


There are times that the deer will surprise you, but they can be patterned just like any animal. When moving to a new area, it is a good idea to sit aways back and see how the deer access the area. Do this from different angles and different winds and see if the deer change their pattern based on wind direction.

Scouting is very helpful. I have different sets for different winds. One set isn't going to work for every wind direction, no matter how many stands you put around the area. You need a different set completely for different winds in most cases. I have seen hunters put up a feeder and put two stands, one on the north side and one on south side. Chances are, they will and are getting busted.

Most of my sets, I try to find a barrier that the deer will avoid and set up so it is down wind. I have used fences, ponds, creeks, the rifle blind, and other obstacles that I have noticed deer avoid. In thick areas, I have laid trees down across certain trails to make the deer choose another route. They will typically take the path of least resistance.
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#5709511 - 04/20/15 11:00 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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To help determine the most common wind directions, you can check out this website: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/airquality/monops/windroses.html
It only lists larger cities, so you may have to look at a few around you to get an average. It shows the percentage of wind direction and speed broken down for each month per city.

I have found everywhere I've hunted in Texas that during hunting season the most common winds are a south to southeast wind or a north to northwest wind. I have one stand set up with the feeder to the northeast and one to the southwest, so that I can usually hunt both spots and be playing the wind. You have to be careful not to set up directly in line with the rising or setting sun on east/west set-ups, so I angle my feeder accordingly.
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#5709516 - 04/20/15 11:07 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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Okay!! That all makes sense now. Txshntr I had to look up sets but I understand now. Just to clarify. You actually sit out just to see the deer's movements? How they react to certain barriers? Sir, That is a lot! I am thinking just the time consuming you are getting sucked into. I have a lot of admiration for gentlemen like you. There is no way I could sit and watch deer and see how they react. That's like me fishing in one spot and getting nothing. If I see a huge bass jump out the water. I am moving my pole and line in that direction.

I know I need to come at hunting not in a fishing mindset. Again me being new to this I see there is a art a pattern if you will. Do you all do this or is that just personal preference to sit and watch?

There is so much when it comes to hunting. Playing the wind seems to be the biggest factor. If you can play that right then you don't need to use cover scent at all it seems like. As in inexperienced hunter I must have sat countless times to were the wind was not in my favor. I so thought this would be easy to just pick up a rifle and be on my merry way... NOT! Youtube is great but I think I am going to pick up a detailed book on hunting and hopefully it will give me all that I need. It gets rough paying 300$ here and there for a hunt and walking away with something you learned from it besides why you never got your deer. Just seems like when you think you got it down pact. I guess it's like poker. Takes minutes to learn but a lifetime to master..
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#5709524 - 04/20/15 11:23 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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cheers I never mind sitting back and watching deer, some call it a passion and for others it is an obsession.

I still typically hunt while I am sitting back, it is more about paying attention to how they travel and use the terrain. It is truly amazing what you can learn. I have been at it for around 25 years and still learn something new every year.

On many places, it isn't hard to go sit in a box over a feeder or food plot and kill a deer, but I am not just hunting any deer. I figure the more things I have in my favor, the better chance I have.

Some will say I make it too complicated, but it is part of why I love doing what I do. I am also an avid bass fisherman and it really isn't that different. If the bass are moved up on the beds, you take notice and adjust accordingly. If the buck bass have moved up, chances are the females are suspended and not far away. Find the shad and you can find the fish. Sometimes that's off a point and sometimes that's on the bank. Again, you observe and adjust grin

For me, the wind is definitely the number one factor in success and failures for most hunters. There are other factors, but when determining a new hunting spot, this is the first thing I look at. And when/if you start bow hunting, it becomes even more critical.

Good luck up
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#5709537 - 04/20/15 11:54 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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scratch Been known ta fart in de blind, stunk so bad make skunk run fur cover. confused2 didn't bother the deer, me eyes watering so bad couldn't see threw de scope.. flag
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#5709539 - 04/20/15 11:57 PM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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I never had a problem killing deer while smoking, the bets deer I ever shot was right after I flipped the lid closed on my Zippo. The noise spooked him and he jerked his up to see what it was, if he hadn't done that I would not have seen him.
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#5709553 - 04/21/15 02:08 AM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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I usually smoke a big fat cuban cigar when hunting. On days when the wind is really light the smoke gives you an instant visual on the wind direction. Based on my cigar smoke I have changed locations in order to keep the wind in my favour.

In addition to patterning to predict where the deer will come from you can also use the terrain. I like to park with my back to a river, lake or steep rock face as odds are the deer will not be swimming or climbing down a rock face and hence will not be approaching from my six.
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#5709673 - 04/21/15 07:56 AM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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Snoreing cheers many a times went out tta de woods just ta relax end up taking a nape, & be woken by me snoring & deer feet away flag
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#5709729 - 04/21/15 08:31 AM Re: Do you smoke in your blind? [Re: Stickman11b]
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Originally Posted By: Stickman11b
Okay I wanted to use this for another topic but here goes. How do you play the wind in your favor when you don't know which way the deer are coming? I hear people all the time you want the wind to shoot west to north or east to west. How do you really know when deer just come from any direction.


BAM!

I have been debating this with one of the guys I agreed to let add a bow stand on my ranch. The guy is super nice and I was like, "sure.. you can add a couple stands... just maintain the corn and build them a certain way so they add value."

Well, he starts going, "I need to add 2-3 stands per feeder, so I can hunt in a certain one depending on the wind"

I was like, "wait a second... this area can support a bow OR a rifle.. i.e. set it up as a rifle stand and add a bow stand up closer to the feeder. Don't add 3 stands, as you will block the rifle stand.."

He seemed irritated and Iw as like, "wait.. what if the wind changes direction while you are in "a" stand?"

I just don't get it.. maybe I have been doing this wrong all my life. I wear jeans.. white t-shirts at times... I fart in my stand.. yea! I damn well said it! I do! I mask my scent by making one worse than me! hell yea!

What in the hell am I doing wrong? I mean.. sure.. I have all the deer meat I want.. but mfg.. do we really need THREE stands in case you do not want some damn deer to SMELL you?

Seriously. I told him to hunt a bow stand I set up. It is 30yards MAX from the feeder and smack dab "in the open" but backed up to a tree and he claims he did not see a thing because they could see him move. I was like, "well, tell that to the two guys that each shot one within 30 minutes of sitting in the stupid thing the day before.

I don't understand why people go to such great lengths to "bow hunt"

ok.. /rant off..

lol
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