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    windy days.. worth hunting?

    Its opening day here in michigan and it is windy as all get out. i went out this morning and saw nothing and figured the deer would be bedded down today. i stayed up all week to get my college work finished in order to hunt this weekend, and im so bummed about this weather. would you guys still hunt?

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    I've seen more deer on crazy windy days than you can imagine. Just be safe in the tree and keep your shots close. Deer move in all but the most extreme conditions and heavy snow. Your not going to kill anything watching TV, get out and hunt.
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    Can't kill'em from the couch....

    As long as it wasn't so windy that I feel unsafe to be in the woods, I will go. You never know what could happen. People have killed deer in every imaginable weather condition.
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    Its windy enough here where I cant hold a bow stable, so that answers my question. If I dont think I can make a safe accurate shot, it isnt worth wounding something to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darbyjean95 View Post
    Its opening day here in michigan and it is windy as all get out. i went out this morning and saw nothing and figured the deer would be bedded down today. i stayed up all week to get my college work finished in order to hunt this weekend, and im so bummed about this weather. would you guys still hunt?
    you bet they are....I was in the tree this AM and saw 4 bucks and 5 does...had a big one at 15 yrds at 7:05 am and it was 2 dark to shoot (couldnt see thru peep)and a couple 6 pts at 15-20 yrds but they were to small to shoot and a spike that needd to grow up.
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    windy day in the woods is better than a day at work
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    The wind helps mask the noise you make in the woods. I love being in the woods on windy days.
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    looks like im goin back out! thanks guys!
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    Its blowing hard.
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    Id be out in a heart beat!!!!
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    Windy here too with a nice rain mist. Only seen one small 6-point this am. Supposed to go to a wedding this evening hope the rain keeps us home so I can get back out there tonight.
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    ..here in Ohio...when wind speeds get above 20 mph....on farmland whitetails....deer tend to move little due to 3 things:

    1. Sense of Smell is greatly diminished...

    2. Sense of Hearing is greatly compromised....

    3. Sense of Sight is greatly overloaded...


    ......if you can find an area protected by the wind, pine trees on the downwind side of a ridge.......any bottoms [but the wind swirling may hinder you]......


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    You should go, it often calms down toward evening. They still have to eat, so eventually they will move in the wind even if it doesn't calm down late in the day. They just seem a little more nervous when they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darbyjean95 View Post
    Its opening day here in michigan and it is windy as all get out. i went out this morning and saw nothing and figured the deer would be bedded down today. i stayed up all week to get my college work finished in order to hunt this weekend, and im so bummed about this weather. would you guys still hunt?
    I went out here this morning even though I knew it was supposed to be windy. Didnt see a thing except one bob cat and about 700 squirrels. I pretty much knew the deer would be out all night and lay down this morning. And they did according to my trail cam. Got 60 pics last night.

    Wind 15-20 gusting today and colder than a mother in laws smile.
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    If its really windy I always hunt the creek bottom stand in a deep hollow. It gets me out of the wind and the deer seem to go there for the same reason.
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    I've never had good luck deer hunting in the wind. Well, muledeer but not whitetails.

    What they do in the hills and mountains is lay down right at the top of a steep, pointy hill top. Since they lose one of their defense senses, hearing, they can easily bail out to any direction if thretened.

    I've walked up on many deer beded down like that.

    What they will do is bed down like I stated above and come out right when its too dark to see how to shoot. Then they spin most all night out and about. Lay back down just before day light.

    My trial cam verifies that which I already knew.
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    Absolutely worth it....as long as it's not 40+ gusts

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    Get in some timber,especially down in a bottom.I've seen a lot of deer in bottoms on windy days.

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    I wouldn't go out.

    White tail deer in Michigan don't like to move in heavy wind. They can't smell very well, they can't hear very well, and there's way too much movement for them to feel safe walking around. Not saying that you won't see a deer in those kinds of conditions, but the odds are very greatly diminished.

    You're better off finding a bedding area, hitting a corner of it downwind, and stalking it. You'd be surprised how many deer you could jump since the wind is masking pretty much everything that deer usually pick up on. Course stalking is quite a different game than hunting from a stand, but you could pick a nice windy day to try out something new.

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    Nope. Winds were terrible here and I didn't even see a squirrel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeeter 58 View Post
    I went out here this morning even though I knew it was supposed to be windy. Didnt see a thing except one bob cat and about 700 squirrels. I pretty much knew the deer would be out all night and lay down this morning. And they did according to my trail cam. Got 60 pics last night.

    Wind 15-20 gusting today and colder than a mother in laws smile.


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    cold is ok

    windy to a point is ok

    rain to a point is ok

    cold + wind = ok to a point

    cold + rain = not ok

    rain + wind = not ok

    cold + wind+ rain = way not ok
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    As a few others have said, windy days are not that good, IME, but better than not going out. A friend who pretty much grew up in the woods of WV and knew way more than I ever will told me the deer are nervous on windy days, for the reasons a few have stated already. If you can find a place that is calm like a creek bottom or something, I think it is better.
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    Stalking standing corn in the wind is an effective method but it takes some skill.
    It was too windy for me today (40+ gusts) but I know of a few guys that had luck when they went out in Mi this am.
    Getting LOTS more from this evening though...hopefully you're in a tree now
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    I hate wind! If its real bad do some ground stalking!

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