Wind Speed and Deer Movement

Here is  an excerpt from an interesting article by Darrin Bradley.  It provides statistics to support what we already know.  Deer don’t move on windy days.  The most interesting thing is that even at 11 mph the deer numbers he was seeing start to diminish.  Same holds true for mule deer out west.  If it is blowing over 15 mph forget about it.

So next time you are checking to see which way the wind is blowing before you pick your stand, you might also consider staying in bed if it is blowing over 20 mph !



I have compiled statistics from over   400 whitetail hunts since 1994, in regard to the subject of wind. These   statistics were collected from hunts occurring in Northeastern Missouri   and Western Illinois. In measuring the results I define a “successful   hunt” as a hunt on which I view whitetails from a stand location. These   results are as follows in regard to all deer.

ALL DEER MOVEMENT (Inclusive of bucks and does.) Wind Speed Successful Hunts Unsuccessful Hunts Success Percentage       0-5 miles per hour 138 41 77%       6-10 miles per hour 50 17 75%       11-15 miles per hour 71 39 65%       16-20 miles per hour 21 16 57%     21-50 miles per hour 9 9 50%

My studies show deer movement is   decreased as the wind speed increases. Personally, I begin to worry  about the quality of my hunts when wind speeds exceeding 15 miles per   hour are prevalent. On days when wind speeds exceed twenty miles per   hour, I usually won’t hunt. Believe me, I’ve learned things the hard way   throughout my hunting career. I have also compiled statistics   surrounding wind speeds and its effect on whitetail bucks specifically.   The results are as follows:

WHITETAIL BUCK MOVEMENT  Wind Speed Successful Hunts Unsuccessful Hunts Success Percentage       0-5 miles per hour 83 101 45%       6-10 miles per hour 46 64 42%       11-15 miles per hour 31 38 44%       16-20 miles per hour 10 24 29%       21-50 miles per hour 3 17 15%