How Thermals Work When Deer Hunting | Whitetail Edge Booner School

How Thermals Work When Deer Hunting | Whitetail Edge Booner School

Thermals and Deer Hunting

Ben Rising discusses how thermals work in evenings and mornings while deer hunting. Ben’s recent video “Food Plot Considerations” briefly touched on why a hunter may have a tough time or elect not to hunt a food plot due to thermals. The video featured a small perennial clover plot settled in the bottom of two hills. With known buck bedding on the hill, Ben described why the particular food plot would not be hunted as both morning and evening thermals would complicate the hunt. After receiving questions about how thermals worked, Ben decided to explain both morning and evening thermals, and how they are affected by dominant wind direction and terrain while deer hunting.

Morning thermals tend to rise and therefore typically carry a hunter’s scent out of a valley, food plot, or hunting location. However, when the dominant wind is at play these thermals may slide horizontally before rising. This could, in turn, bounce or swirl on a hill above the hunter’s location. This is typically why morning hunts should be placed above where the deer are expected to come from, putting the thermals and dominant wind away from the expected direction of travel.

Afternoon or evening thermals tend to sink and therefore carries a hunter’s scent down to ground level. This is usually a negative associated with hunting in the evenings unless a hunter can use a terrain feature or the dominant wind to the advantage of sinking thermals. Creek bottoms or valleys running away from terrain can act like funnels for scent. If a stand is properly placed evening thermals can take a hunter’s scent out of the hunting area and away from deer through a creek, river, or slow depression running away from higher terrain.

Incorporate this knowledge of thermals and deer hunting when deciding stand and food plot locations.

 

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Ben Rising takes a break from managing some of his food plots to talk about a new project. In this episode of Booner School, Ben discusses how he plans to best use an open power line in the center of the hunting property. Power line food plots take advantage of openings typically running through Midwest farms. These openings usually create highways for wildlife and even create great cover and early successional food sources. Ben plans to take the power line opening and turn it into an Antler King clover food plot. This clover food plot in the power line opening will serve as an early season and pre-rut hunting area while also providing a staging area to the nearby standing corn food plot. With this strategy clearly explained Ben suggests some tips on maintaining clover plots with both mowing and the use of broadleaf and grass selective herbicides.

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Ben Rising is bow hunting turkeys in Ohio to fill his third tag of the season and more importantly his first tag in his home state. The opening day of tukey season in Ohio proved fruitless as only hens and jakes made an appearance. As rain moved in for the second day of the hunt, Ben setup in the Redneck Ghillie Blind overlooking a cut corn field. A lone hen brings two longbeards over a ridge and within bow range for Ben’s Prime bow and G5 Deadmeat broadhead.

This is the third turkey Ben has taken with his Prime bow this year. Check out the other turkey hunts below!

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Whitetail Edge Brings Booner School To Show Ben’s Tips and Tricks On Whitetails Through The Year

Ben has been working on cataloging his years of whitetail knowledge to help hunters with the management of their hunting grounds. He works year-round to get the best results that his land has to offer. This series will be updated with all of his decisions on food plots, stands, scouting, and how he prepares for a successful archery season.

This playlist will be updated throughout the off-season. Expect to see Ben answering questions posted in the comments, looking into new problems and finding solutions, and for tips on how to make use of different terrain features to close the distance between yourself and a mature buck. Ben has already covered a few strategies with clover food plots and choosing the ideal plot locations. He also discusses reusing cut tree stumps as the ideal mineral placement during the off-season. This is just the start of the topics that will be covered in Booner School. Subscribe on Youtube for future episodes!