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Old 08-22-2019, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Prevailing winds and deer stands

I have a couple stands to try and get placed over dove opener weekend and it got me thinking.

Barring the magic of HEC's, Ozonics and Scentloc I'd prefer not to let my scent blow directly toward the deer.

So the question is...

In central Texas (South of Abilene and East of San Angelo) Can anyone speak to the likelihood of a particular wind direction October-January?
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:47 PM   #2
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I'd try to get on the East Southeast side if I were you. Or, maybe NW.






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Old 08-22-2019, 05:47 PM   #3
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we are north of San Angelo and the prevailing wind is out of the south or SSW,but you also get a front every week to ten days that time of year.If possible I would set up stands to hunt with a south wind and a north wind.
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:50 PM   #4
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I’ve hunted outside San Angelo for a while now, and I seem to have a S to SE wind most of the time.
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:54 PM   #5
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:06 PM   #6
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Casey...

So that's a really great graphic. Is that a website or a subscription service?

I have one stand location that will set up SSE for sure.
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:11 PM   #7
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Found it. Very cool site. Thanks
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:24 PM   #8
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We usually put 2 stands out at each spot. One that is close to SE and one that is close to NW. That way on the average day we hunt the one that is on the SE side, but if a northern is blowing we can still hunt that area.
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Old 08-22-2019, 06:26 PM   #9
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The Huntstand app is good also. You can mark stands, feeders or whatever and basically see the hunt/no hunt zones based on wind.

In the pic below Iíve marked a ladder stand inside the tree line and a feeder. I can take the slider bar at the bottom and move it to see how wind direction will change the no hunt zone.

This part of the app is free.



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Old 08-22-2019, 06:29 PM   #10
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The other thing to consider is sun in your face. Our stands that face west are pretty hot and sunny if it’s still warm out.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:37 AM   #11
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One thing I always do when setting up a stand for bow hunting is too make sure the wind is going to blow consistent at my stand. What I mean by this is watch out for swirling winds. If you set up your stand with lots of cover around or in low area's, the wind tends to swirl a lot. This is why I always try to place my stand in a lone bush or tree that is out in the open. This keeps the wind from hitting a wall of brush or tree's and swirling.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:39 AM   #12
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I usually locate my blinds due west or east of feeders at my place. If the game trails allow me.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:43 AM   #13
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I usually locate my blinds due west or east of feeders at my place. If the game trails allow me.
This is what I do.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:10 AM   #14
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It has been my experience in the areas I've hunted the past 40 years or so (West/South Texas along the Rio Grande, and Southeast Texas), that no matter where, the wind seldom blows out of the West. About the only time we get West winds is during a change period when a front is coming in... Typically the wind will be south to southeast and as a front approaches the wind direction will rotate around toward the West, then Northwest, Northeast, then North until the front passes. As the prevailing winds return, the wind shift will go from North, to Northeast, East and finally back to Southeast/South... Having said all that, if the area I am wanting to hunt allows, I will place my stand on the West side of where I expect to take the shot. The terrain and game movement patterns will often not allow that, but when it does, that's where I start with a new area.
I've never hunted around the San Angelo area or much above the I-10 corridor.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:10 AM   #15
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Seems like the winds generally blow from the SE where we are unless there is a cold front, then it blows mostly out of the N-NW. I have a stand set up NE of the feeder area and another one S.

In a more perfect world I'd set up like Radar says.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:22 AM   #16
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It has been my experience in the areas I've hunted the past 40 years or so (West/South Texas along the Rio Grande, and Southeast Texas), that no matter where, the wind seldom blows out of the West. About the only time we get West winds is during a change period when a front is coming in... Typically the wind will be south to southeast and as a front approaches the wind direction will rotate around toward the West, then Northwest, Northeast, then North until the front passes. As the prevailing winds return, the wind shift will go from North, to Northeast, East and finally back to Southeast/South... Having said all that, if the area I am wanting to hunt allows, I will place my stand on the West side of where I expect to take the shot. The terrain and game movement patterns will often not allow that, but when it does, that's where I start with a new area.
I've never hunted around the San Angelo area or much above the I-10 corridor.

This is my experience too. Any front will bring with it a NW wind during the season. It can be good to have a stand for it, because odds are it should be good if you have a West wind due to a front pushing in.
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:24 AM   #17
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Good info from all above. We get mostly some version of south winds (SW - S - SE) most of the year until cold fronts come through. Then it's NW - N - NE for a day or two. You need setups for both directions really. But there will be more days with south-ish winds than north during deer season - especially early in the season.

Even so, you'll still get busted in more open country by deer circling downwind of the feeder before they come in. If you can find a spot for a setup that has some kind of natural barrier the prevents deer from coming in from downwind, it's ideal. If at all possible, set up near a big drop off, a large stock tank, a super thick tangle of brush and cactus, a neighbor's high fence, or whatever you can find that hinders deer movement downwind of you.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:46 AM   #18
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Good advice all.
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:13 PM   #19
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Two sets one facing NW and one facing SE .
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