Morning Thermal Deer Hunting Advantage


*Would you like to fool the oldest buck in the neighborhood? Then spend a lot less time on scent control gadgets and fads, and a lot more time on your treestand setupand location.

3 Morning Deer Hunting Strategies

Before heading off for an early morning trek to your favorite hill country stand location, make sure to explore these time-tested morning thermal practices, for fooling the oldest bucks in your neighborhood.

1. Daybreak Thermal Advantage

As soon as daybreak takes place, the thermals should be on the rise. Rising thermals directly relate to the rise in temperature, and that is when your incredible opportunity takes place! However, it pays to keep in mind that prior to daybreak, your scent will saturate below you during typically calm conditions. If you expect deer below your position before daybreak, make sure to enter your stand during the minutes of gray light, just before the sun rises or, consider the advantages of a post daybreak stand location access.

2. Thermal Cheating Wind Setups

Let’s face it folks, morning thermals carry your scent up hill, above and away from your position. With that in mind, I have a passion for positioning my stand locations to push my scent above and into deer-less habitat varieties, including rock outcroppings, steep bluffs, as well as low attraction timber types such as solid conifer and mature hardwods. I use the same approach when I am located at the top of the ridge as well, when I can count on thermals to keep my wind well above and out of the way of an old monarchs nostrils. However, there is a lot more thermal cheating opportunities that you can take advantage of!

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Simply, if you are above a mature buck in the morning within an broken topograhy region, you are safe from his nose. As long as the wind isn’t blowing to the side and into an approaching or departing deer, the morning thermals will keep your scent well away from a whitetail. In fact, it really doesn’t matter how much you stink, or not.

Let’s say that you are facing downhill and the true wind pattern is driving from above the ridge and towards the way you are facing. In that case, the wind will simply swirl back uphill and keep your scent above the whitetails that pass by below. This will take place at any elevation, from top to bottom, you just need a wind direction that is perpendicular to your position. Of course any passing buck above your position will easily catch your scent, but where you locate your stand will ultimately determine your level of scent control, or not.

3. The 8 Hour Thermal Reward

The outstanding attribute about thermals is that you can count on them to parallel the temperature changes. When temperatures go up, thermals rise and when temperatures fall, so do the thermals. This is a huge advantage, often well into the middle of the day. Why? Because temperatures do not generall peak in the Fall, until 3-4 hours prior to dark. On a day that begins at 27 degrees and is forecasted to rise all the way to 58 degrees, will rarely reach it’s peak until about 7-8 hours after daybreak. It pays to keep in mind that on a day where temperatures are expected to appreciably increase well into the middle of the day, your opportunity to cheat the wind can cover several hours. However, that same advantage also presents a level of thermal hunting risk, that should always be considered.

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>