Bow hunting requires many skills and a successful hunt is a fine art. However, even more experienced hunters often overlook the ways in which the wind and air currents affect the hunt. While studying wind is less exciting that practicing your shooting technique, paying attention to the wind and how it reacts to various structural deviations and various velocities can transform a hunt.
Humans are not born with strong olfactory skills; therefore hunters must train themselves to be attentive to wind direction and air movement. Carrying, using, and understanding a simple wind detection tool, such as a puff bottle, is an essential element of your training. Training yourself takes time and patience, but the payoff is more successful harvests.
Wind flows much like water, diverting itself when it hits various objects in its path. The air flow diverts at angles and changes speed, but is always in movement. Obviously, weather and seasonal changes play an important role in wind behavior.
You want your own scent to travel away from potential hunting targets. If you notice a change in wind direction, wait for at least a half-hour to determine if the change is temporary, and then make the decision to vacate for an alternative, better-situated stand. Understanding how winds and breezes move past any blind or tree stand site helps in determining when and how to hunt any particular location.
Air movement is a very complex subject. As a hunter, you do not need to be a meteorologist, but you do need to be aware that patience and practice can help you better understand and adapt to changing weather situations that affect the success of your hunt. Take the time to pay mind to the wind and improve your performance in the field.