The best wind-checking device is silent and completely free

Knowing the wind and how it changes during your hunt can make or break your day in the trees. Why buy powders or other weird wind-checking device when nature already provides everything you need?

Some people swear by pine needles, but they’re a bit too heavy. Fallen leaves are another favorite, but unless you’re breaking them up and camp, they can be a bit noisy. The lightest and quietest wind-checker you’ll find comes from the Milkweed. Collect the fluffy seeds from the plant and keep them in a plastic coin holder. You’ll be able to quietly and quickly check the wind without spending a dime.

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