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High Winds #6038650 11/19/15 03:34 PM
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Interested in what the hunting tactics are for days when there are high winds since Saturday's forecast is calling for wind speeds of 20-30 mph. Is it best to hunt the low areas? Will the deer even move?

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Inside thick cover works for me. They have to eat and shitt still


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I have not had a lot of success during high winds. Light rain is a completely different story.


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They're cautious about moving in high winds and will usually be pretty skittish. But this time of year the bucks will still move, and if you aren't in the field you can't kill one. Sunday morning after the winds lay should also be a great hunt.


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If there are any hills, hunt the sides of the hills protected from the wind and any low thick places. Deer are extra jumpy when the wind blows, but they can be predictable also.


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I am looking forward to Sunday after the winds quit.


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Re: High Winds [Re: TX TCAT] #6038690 11/19/15 03:52 PM
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Going to be a ice box out there sunday. Perfect conditions for moving deer!


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Re: High Winds [Re: TX TCAT] #6038742 11/19/15 04:19 PM
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Yea, Sunday definitely looks like prime conditions. Looks like I'll be getting home late Sunday night.

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I watched a little spike two weeks ago when it was very, very windy in East Texas. He was jumpy, but he still wanted to eat acorns and visit his scrapes (that were being hit by several bucks). He still came out though. While I do not anticipate a whole lot of movement on Saturday, they will still be out chasing so I would rather be out as well. Sunday however looks to be promising. I took off all of next week to hunt so I will be out every day Saturday through Wednesday morning and then again on Friday through Sunday. Bound to see something (I hope!)

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In our area they are used to the wind blowing. It doesn't seem to really bother them. I've seen as many big bucks out then as any other time.

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If the deer didnt move in Paducah where I hunt they would die, cause it always blows.

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find the deer to be more skittish with the wind blowing. They like to use their ears to help detect what's around. As mentioned above, if you can find a draw or back side of hill out of the wind or thick cover, you're going to better your chances. If the rut is still going good, there will be some bucks moving regardless. The thought of "Doe-reen" is too much for those guys to just lay down!!!

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I love to still hunt / stalk in the wind.
Start on the south end of your property and slowly wokr north. Seen some of my best bucks on long slow still hunts.

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^^^this

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If the bucks are in rut in your area, wind shouldn't matter.

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I just whacked a nice buck in 30+ mph winds. He's was definatly skittish. The reason I looked at him for a full 7 seconds before I squeezed. He was ready to bolt and even stepped quatered like he was going to run.
He Was the only deer we saw that day with the nasty winds. Next morning calm winds and cool deer moved again. Small windows of calm winds that have been blowing hard for a few days are always good for me. This weekend is looking great. We are here and ready. Hope to get a client of mines 6 yr old daughter her first deer. Good luck to everyone... May ur shot fly tru...


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Yep, thought crossed my mind too! have a blind near the woods, kinda out of way,
out of the wind. One thing for sure deer will be skidish! big boys will be laying low,
i know for sure unless your in a rut area, then you might get lucky!

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I'm headed out this afternoon. The forecast actually has the wind dying down around 5pm tomorrow afternoon. Should make for a solid evening hunt. I've got one spot in mind that fits all the descriptions above of good hunting areas (low spot, south side of a hill, thick cover, lots of doe activity), and I plan on camping out there all weekend.

Good luck to everyone out there!

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So true Branden! Haha


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My tactics when it's windy like this? Stay in bed! It's 25 mph winds gusting to 30s.

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Dead quiet here...high hopes...


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Took a 15 point opening weekend when it was calm. Gonna sit out this morning. That wind is insane. Gusts have to be pushing 40 in Knox County. Good luck to yall

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Just as it got daylight all hell broke loose...the only deer I have seen are running around everywhere...gonna tough it out a bit...


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It's blowing in Comfort hard only seen one deer.

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Have 2 does at the feeder and my buddy has a 9pt that's borderline legal at his. Surprised to see anything moving in this wind.

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