Whether you own your own hunting property or plan on hunting public land, one of the most important things you need to remember on each setup is what wind is best for that stand.
This can be extremely helpful if you’re trying to decide where to hunt for yourself, but also a great way to show family and friends what stands are best for different winds. I also like to take it a step further and mark ladder stands with an X, so I have a quick reference as to what type of stand is there.
This may seem like something easy and a waste of time, but ensuring everyone on your property is hunting the correct stands with the correct winds can make a huge difference on the overall success of the property. This goes for not only the hunter at the time, but for everyone that hunts the stand later on.
This is a map of one of the properties I hunt in Illinois and the way we have it color coded is…red is set for a north wind, yellow is set for a south wind, and blue is for a west wind. As you can see, winds from the west are prevailing so that’s how most of the stands are set. If the wind is good for two directions, then we put two colors overlapping. This not only helps you with making a decision on what stand to sit, but also lays it out so you can visually see your setup and any improvements that should be made.
Another little tip that can be added to the maps is to mark the location of where you install trail cameras. I like this when looking back at photos to see where a specific pic may have come from. It also helps so you don’t lose cameras in the woods by forgetting where you placed them.