From Ryan Updike – What app or weather website do y’all use to find out prevailing winds/wind direction?
We use wunderground.com. It shows detailed graphs at what the wind is doing throughout the day. Actually it shows detailed graphs of everything. Here is an example of a 10 day forecast. You’ll notice wind direction and speed is at the bottom, barometric pressure in the middle, and temperature at top.
Historical weather data is something we pay attention to as well. Many of our trail cameras are left up throughout the season. When we get a photo of a mature buck we’ll check the historical weather data from that day. It not only helps us know what conditions the specific buck was moving in, but we also learn more about deer movement in general when relating to weather patterns. Check it out here.
Here’s an example. We got this photo of a buck on September 15th at 6:40 p.m. He was moving out of a suspected bedding area and we wanted to know which wind direction he was bedded there on.
Here is the historical weather data from that day. I’ve highlighted the time frame the buck was in front of the camera. Also pay attention to the wind direction for the remainder of the day. Since we know the bedding area the buck is likely coming from, we can determine which wind direction he was bedded there on and look for patterns to emerge in the future.
Mature bucks will be more consistent in their movements than the rest of the deer. If you see one moving through an area, think about all these factors. There’s a good chance he or another big guy will do it again on similar conditions.
From Harvard Smith – “When y’all are hunting public land, is it mostly WMA’s or random areas? Which type of areas do you hunt most?”
It’s pretty random honestly. Each public area has something slightly different to offer. The thing to keep an eye out for is changing regulations on different areas. Some are walk-in only for example leading to less hunting pressure. One WMA we hunt in Alabama has different seasons than the surrounding areas. Takes extra research to figure this stuff out but you can use it to your advantage.
Say your planning an archery hunt to Kentucky public lands and having trouble deciding on a location. With so many options how do you narrow it down? In Kentucky, there are a number of areas that are open to archery only. These can be great areas to target because of the lack of gun pressure. In a situation like this, we might try WMA’s like this over a large state forest for example. Many states have areas like these that can be overlooked and provide excellent opportunities.
Time to schedule our fall hunts. We plan on hunting several states and are debating where to go. It’s possible we hunt Kentucky, Nebraska, or the Dakotas early. Then hit Wisconsin from mid to late September. We’ll likely spend October hunting in Iowa and travel again during the rut. Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Michigan are all on the table.
It’s possible we can get 6-8 states so long as our vehicles make it!
It’s also time to get out scouting again.
When it’s hot like this, the early mornings are a great time to scout. It gets light VERY early in summer so it’s possible to scout for an hour or two in the mornings before work and still clock in by 8 or 9. We’re also becoming a big fan of permethrin to keep ticks off. It’s kind of a process to apply to your clothing but it’s well worth it. There are some pants out there that have the chemical built into the fabric.