Do High Winds Slow Down Deer Movement?

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  • October 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm #495995 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 7/4/2008
    What do you guys think – do high winds slow down deer movement. In my experience, they do. Answer the poll question if you would – let’s see what everybody thinks.
    October 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm #522513 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 8/25/2006
    Yes and no.

    Ive seen no movement in high winds, and Ive seen a bunch of movement in winds.

    Just gotta go :thumbup

    October 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm #522514 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 2/22/2005
    I’ve always said It depends on How Hungry the deer is and How in Rut they are…… 6 Bucks were brought into the Archery shop Yesterday,That were killed in High winds [=}=]
    October 29, 2008 at 5:06 pm #522515 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 3/22/2006
    Your words just convinced me to get back outside PA man. I have today off and after sitting in the wind all morning I thought I’d stay in and do some chores. I think I will get back out there and get in some thick see if I can get my moneys worth out of my wind blocker shirt.
    October 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm #522516 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 6/15/2005
    I think if its rut action it doesn’t matter.
    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm #522517 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 3/20/2005
    Here is what I have observed over the years………

    Strong, STEADY winds decrease deer movement regardless of whether or not the rut is going mainly because their senses become almost useless in those conditions. If the high winds keep the does holed up then the bucks hole up with them. I am not saying you won’t see any deer but I wouldn’t expect to see a large number of them.

    Light winds with HIGH gusts don’t seem to bother them at all. I assume the breaks in between gusts still gives them confidence in their senses so they go about business as usual.

    October 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm #522518 Back to Top REPORT
    Blood Bath2006

    Joined: 10/14/2006
    Normally yes. Most deer that I have seen on windy days were so wound up if they farted they would leave the Earth like the space shuttle.

    With that being said the rut is getting close, and there isn’t much that will keep them bedded then ;) ;)

    October 29, 2008 at 5:40 pm #522519 Back to Top REPORT
    triple drop

    Joined: 6/22/2007
    In the pre rut there is not much change, But you have to hunt them at a different location. Set up in heavy cover, creek beds, the back side of a hill that is out of the wind. When the rut starts, it runs it’s cycle.
    Remember in high school and you were in the rut. I can’t imagine a bit of wind slowing you down.
    The girls mother beats you off the front step with a broom, you start sneaking in the back door. :D
    October 29, 2008 at 5:43 pm #522520 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 8/11/2005
    initially yes. over a sustained period of several days of high winds…… they have to get up sometime.
    the situation right now in PA is very similar to one back in 2005. we had several days of crappy rain and high winds accompanied by a cold front come through in late october. deer activity died, then as it was moving out i set up for an evening hunt on october 26th. it was still windy (10-15mph) but that was a huge drop off of the 25mph+ winds, the rain had subsided, and the bucks were going nuts that night. i saw 2 shooters, one of which was the 130 class 11 pt i ended up shooting 10 days later. i’m hoping the hunt tonight will be just as exciting. the winds have dropped off and the showers are supposed to be sparse. tomorrow would be prime but i can’t get out. besides this 9 i’m hoping to run into has shown up on my trail cam in some pretty nasty weather, i’m thinking he feels safe moving at dusk in wicked conditions. i’ll see tonight.
    October 29, 2008 at 5:44 pm #522521 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 7/4/2004

    Yes and no.

    Ive seen no movement in high winds, and Ive seen a bunch of movement in winds.

    Just gotta go :thumbup[/quote:31s13y13]

    I agree with Sam on this one. :thumbup

    October 29, 2008 at 6:07 pm #522522 Back to Top REPORT
    Double Drops

    Joined: 2/22/2007
    If the strong winds are the result of a warm front pushing through, it certainly slows them down. If it’s the result of a cold front I don’t think it has as much of an affect, especially if they are pre-rut or rut. [=}=]
    October 29, 2008 at 6:48 pm #522523 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 10/16/2008
    Was up hunting in Western Wisconsin for 4 days over this last weekend. A couple of very windy days in the middle. Definately noticed a drop in deer movement. Trailcams only showed movement at night also.
    October 29, 2008 at 6:55 pm #522524 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 36
    Joined: 8/19/2004
    it depends alot on the area you are hunting. deer have to get up and move. like any animal they arent gonna lay in one spot all day, they have to poop and pee and eat. their amount of movement may decrease but they will move. thats why on high wind days i hunt closer to beading areas. this will be were deer are more apt to move unless its during the rut then a buck could careless if a hurricane was moving thru if he has the scent of a hot doe. me and my dad left the woods 2 years ago cause it was storming pretty good, thunder, lightning, high winds only to pass a field on the way out with a descent buck in hot pursuit of a doe.


    October 29, 2008 at 7:25 pm #522525 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 5/28/2005
    I think windy days will keep deer from moving as much as on a calm day,the exception being if the are pushed and even then they will not run into the wind. [=}=]
    October 29, 2008 at 8:14 pm #522526 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 10/23/2008
    In east tn high wind does make the deer bed down, even during the rut. Our doe buck ratio is way off statewide.
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