Wind can either hurt you, or help you while deer hunting. A blessing, or a curse. This season, for me, it has seemed to be a curse...at least that is my theory. The farm that I hunt on is almost 1 square mile. 3 large fields divided by a creek lined with large, old timber, and 2 ponds. Just great territory for deer to thrive, as it is nestled in the middle of a very large section of farm land and timber that stretches for several miles. There is hardly a square yard on the property that you can't find deer tracks. There are many rubs. Some of them on pretty big trees. No doubt there are plenty of deer there. Last year, I sat in a chair in a field, and shot a small buck about an hour after sun up while smoking a cigarette. Several times, I have hunted there, and just watched does and small bucks all day long waiting on a biggun. Never had a problem seeing deer. This year, there were at least 8 other hunters on the property opening weekend, so I opted to hunt elsewhere. Didn't see anything. Wednesday, I returned to my spot. That morning was cold and WINDY. I sat on the same hump beside a low-water crossing between 2 fields from about 5:30 am, 'till about 11 am. The wind got the best of me, and I hadn't seen anything but a squirrel, so I got up, stalked around a pond, and headed back to the truck, went to town and had lunch, then headed back out. I ran into the farmer that afternoon, and chatted with him for a bit. He said that there had only been 1 deer killed on that property this year so far. I mentioned how windy it has been, and he said that isn't the problem. Said the deer are scared, and only coming out at night. I can see that affecting the mature bucks...but the young, dumb bucks, and does? So, I think it's the wind. I think they can't hear, or smell as well, so they just lay down somewhere. That is what I think. Otherwise, folks woulda filled their tags Saturday morning before they had a chance to get spooked. Later that evening, I sat in a stand that had not been hunted from yet this year that is set up where the creek splits between 3 fields. A deer super highway between feeding, and bedding areas. Deer trails going in all directions. Sat there from 2 pm 'till 5:30. Didn't see a thing. I don't quite know what to think. I know you can't expect to get a deer every time, but dang! It's like the deer were abducted by aliens, or caught up by the deer rapture or something. I'm still blaming it on the wind, and holding on to hope that Sunday, they will show up. What do you think? Any thoughts on wind, or other adverse conditions that stop deer movement in their tracks?