Growing up in the windiest city on earth IMO (Cheyenne, WY) the animals don’t like the wind anymore than we do. Of course this depends on how windy. Overall the animals that I have hunted tend to be hunkered down when it gets real windy. The good thing about it is you can move around and not be heard.
i believe it keeps them down to an extent. however it was very windy here in ohio on this past sunday and i saw one of the biggest bucks i have ever seen while hunting. he and 7 does came out just at dark, so i believe with what i have seen and read, they like to wait til dark to move in high winds to cover them from predators, and because their nightvision is much better. just my $.002
I think hunting pressure has allot to do with the movement of deer. I some
times go sit on stand out of season just to get in the woods and to kind of
scope out the season ahead and i have seen alot of deer moving in the
wind. I also have a cuddeback game camera that takes video and last
year i had video of two bucks sparing while the branches of the tres
behind them were whiping around pretty good
o i saw plenty of does before dark last sunday in the high winds, but i think the older bucks are typically smarter than that and stay tight until about dark or dark in the high winds. i also agree i that movement does also have alot to do with pressure. i dont know that its so much their movement, but rather their patterns and where they are moving. they will change patterns and start moving around where they “flag” as “dangerous” and stay out of there and move through much thicker areas.