This^ Areas I hunt the deer are used to human scent, i try to pick a stand site with favorable winds, but may not totally dismiss a spot solely on wind. That being said i do my best to reduce my scent no matter where i am hunting.Entirely depends on the spot. Hunting big woods deer I absolutely stay out if the wind is wrong. Some spots around home in 5B I hunt regardless of the wind because they live with human scent.
During the rut I don’t pay as much attention to the wind for my scent as I do during early/late season in a sense. I’m usually sitting down wind of a MAJOR bedding area, not SATELLITE bedding. I don’t care where I think the buck is coming from as long as I’m down wind of MAJOR bedding since that’s where he will be. I will also sit in a staging area but may sit just down wind of the expected travel routes.What do you guys do when hunting big woods during the rut. I’m not hunting food or bedding because they are both everywhere. I’m usually hunting the edge of different age cuts. They are both thick and can hold deer at any given time. I can have deer come from any direction. I usually try to place my stand down wind of where I’m facing.
I think this most mirrors my opinion.I've lost count of the times I've had deer come in from unexpected directions. I might be more cautious if only hunting a particular animal, but as an equal oppurtunity hunter, it's first come first served, so, unless it's a totally ridiculous wind swirling all over, I'm likely to hunt where I planned.