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Monday, January 29, 2007

Whitetail Deer Movement when it's Windy

Contrary to popular belief, whitetail deer very often move when the weather is windy. The deer travel differently when it's windy versus when the wind is calm. For purposes of this discussion, windy is defined as approximately ten knots gusting to twenty-five (10 G 25). Likewise, calm is defined as wind below ten (10) knots.

When it is calm, whitetail deer act normally and primarily move at night. Secondarily, whitetail deer will may move in the early morning prior to 8am and tend to come out at sunset for their early night-time feeding. When the wind is calm, whitetail deer are a bit on edge, but normally walk around and pause to browse and can be stopped by a grunt call or mouth grunt.

When it is windy, whitetail deer movement is almost the same as when the wind is calm except that they are on the move and are very difficult to stop. When it is windy, whitetail deer are very much on edge and move rapidly. The deer are usually seen running. Good luck stopping them when it is windy; they are spooked by the wind and may not hear your grunts due to the wind noise.

Thus, it is more difficult to hunt whitetail deer when it is windy because they are moving rapidly and can't be stopped.
 
posted at 5:18 AM