Hills & Thermals Whitetail Hunting Web Class


Use Thermals to Your Advantage!

Did you know that most of the bucks featured at the top of this page on my wall were shot hunting hills and thermals? It's true!

Yet many of the most experienced hunters I know even have trouble with thermals.

Let's face it, 50% of all whitetail hunters hunt in enough hills to experience thermals and to really learn why you would you hunt in one location in the morning or another location in the evening—or vice versa.

There are a lot of tricks and tactics that you can take advantage of and throughout this Web Class, I'll teach you how to "cheat" the wind and how you should use the wind to your advantage.

I'm hoping that the experience that I have with hills and thermals—going back to the early '90s—will guide you to success!

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Learn from an innovator in whitetail hunting since 1995

Featuring 16 online video lessons in over 8 hours of video grouped into 3 modules, you’ll learn:

  • Saddle, Bench, Draw and other topographic terms and what they mean during the hunt
  • Morning and Evening Thermal Trends
  • How to "cheat" the wind and "forecast" it
  • How food affects where bucks bed in hill country
  • Determine the right location during the right time of day and how elevation plays a huge role
  • Why your stand location and elevation affects your scent
  • How deer move through hills
  • Using ditches and draws to your advantage
  • How to hunt in an actual valley (very tough!)
  • The quiet "Lee Side" Hunting Advantage

... and much, much more!

Jeff With Buck

Your Instructor

Jeff Sturgis takes decades of pursuing his passion, and then professionally transfers those pursuits into the enhancement of his client’s, reader's and viewer's hunting and habitat experiences, across the entire country. Jeff prides himself in creating the healthiest free-ranging deer herds in the world of whitetails, as well as taking on the challenge of hunting the oldest bucks in the neighborhood. Not only has he been able to create, own and operate a successful business in the whitetail industry since 2005, but he has been able to work along side his wife Diane while doing so.

Jeff received the QDMA's Deer Manager of the Year award in 2004, and hasn't stopped learning since. After studying and creating over 1000 whitetail videos and articles, as well as working on over 1000 client lands across 26 whitetail states, Jeff is in a league of his own when it comes to the ability to design your habitat, herd and hunt - anywhere a whitetail roams!

My food plot is set up just like what Jeff is talking about. Let me tell you I have never seen so many deer in all my life. I can’t thank Jeff enough.

Another Fantastic video Jeff! I love how you break down the depth of cover!

It was my pleasure to get the class. I enjoyed watching it and really appreciate all of the content WHS makes and it was easy to give the patronage.

I caught onto your site last fall. So much excellent info and I will use your advice in my high pressure property here in NY. Thanks Jeff!!

You help us out more than you know. Read all the books and love implementing your techniques. Thanks again from Mississippi!

Thank you so much for your free information. Great stuff! You inspire me with every video to improve my land!

Unsurpassed Knowledge! If you're a serious whitetail hunter, take it to the next level with Jeff's in depth knowledge that can only be learned years experience.
—Brennen N

Great advice, all the best from Canada!!!

Thank you for all your time and effort and sharing your knowledge. Best video's running!

Thank you for your videos. You are a profound hunter and deer expert. I am really enjoying your videos.

Course Curriculum

Section 1: The Advanced Basics of Hills, Thermals and Whitetails
Elevation Advantage Rules (24:43)
Food Positioned Bedding (07:56)
Common Topo Terms (11:16)
Hill Country Scent Control (08:37)
Section 2: Critical Hills and Thermal Hunting Strategies
Where Do Bucks Bed In Hill Country? (27:25)
Forecasting the Wind (13:15)
Using "Clean Air" Above The Soil (09:02)
Lee Side Hunting Advantage (18:01)
How to Cheat the Wind (11:53)
Section 3: Exactly Where To Hunt In Hills and Thermals
Mid & Lower Point Hunting (15:06)
Evening Thermal Trends (26:42)
Morning Thermal Trends (26:48)
How To Hunt In A Valley (17:04)
Hunting the Top of a Draw (16:29)
Risk and Reward of Ditches and Draws (09:02)
"Plan B" Thermal Attack (21:06)


PLUS: Exclusive bonuses...

Exclusive WHS Hat

Most deer hunters love hats, and we know you will enjoy this exclusive, high quality hat made exclusively for this web class! Hopefully you will want to collect them all!
$30 Value


Make sure to follow along with your web class workbook that will be personally signed by Jeff and mailed to your shortly after your purchase. For this second class, there is room for notes on each page, as well as pages to begin designing your program towards the end of the book.
a $30 Value


... worth over $120!

Free eBook Collection

Along with the “How To Design Your Deer Hunting Parcel” web class, enjoy our first 3 eBooks as further foundations of content to assist you in more accurately designing your hunt, habitat and herd.
—$60 Value

Future Discounts For Upcoming Web Classes

After you purchase this web class, we're giving you a 20% Off savings code for a substantial savings on any other web class series that is in our library in the future. (This offer extends to retail price only, and your savings code can be used at any time after the initial 30 day introductory price for each web series.)

Membership In WHS Private Facebook Group

This is a private, “Members Only” Facebook page that is only available by invitation to web class purchasers and site visit clients. Are you tired of wading through the plethora of poor online advice? Then you can take advantage of high-quality discussions with passionate hunters and habitat managers who share a common goal of getting it done right the first time.

Learn from my decades of experience hunting in hill country

From the first time I hunted 700 foot elevations in Pennsylvania back in the early '80s and then moving to Wisconsin and Minnesota in 2002 and beyond, I took those decades of experience and have narrowed all that knowledge down to the best content you'll find in this web class.

I talk to hunters all the time about hills/thermals. And I even have clients where I'll come to their property—clients who've paid pay me a lot of money for me come check it out—and even though they've hunted hills for decades, they're really not experienced when it comes to making good decisions throughout the hunt guided by hills and thermals.

These concepts work, and have been originated by me personally and have been proven over decades of work by tens of thousands of viewers, readers and clients. While these are the concepts that flood my books and over 1000 articles and videos that can be found on my website and YouTube channel, this is the most comprehensive set of content that can be used to effectively hunt hills – within the steps that you should work to complete them in.

My WHS Web Classes are the next best thing to having me come teach you about thermals on your land in person, and I am excited to open the availability of these classes to a far greater number of folks than the number I personally work with per year – at a much more affordable price!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

What do I need to access the course?

If you have an Internet connection and a modern web browser, you'll be able to view the content.

Can I download the course for offline use?

Not at this time but please let us know if this is something you need. We might be able to make accommodations due to your circumstances (eg spotty/slow Internet, plane trip, etc.).

Is the course available on other formats (eg DVD, audio only).

Not at this time. However, please let us know if this is something you would find useful.

Are there closed-captions / transcript available?

Not yet, but please let us know so we can make accommodations.

What if I am unhappy with the course? Is there any refunds?

If you are unsatisfied, please let us know so we can address your concern.

I purchased the class—how do I login?

After you purchase the class, you will be prompted to create a password to this website and setup your account. If you forgot your password please try resetting it.

What Others Are Saying

Just finished my first on line class... I can imagine some guys saying I've read the books, I've watched the videos, I may have been on a designed property before...I don't need the class, what could I possibly gain from it...well...I've read the books 5 or 6 times each, watched the videos multiple times, been on your designed properties and been on properties with you Jeff...it’s much like when you tell us about how you will surpass a 1000 clients this year...the more you hear, see and do...the more your eyes and mind put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Too often people look for or expect too much....if you can't learn just one thing each time you read a book, watch a video, walk your property...you need to remove your blinders!

Bruce M

First off thanks for all the videos and posts that you have made. I read them all. But a special thanks is in order for your article last week. You talked about hunting the cold front Saturday. Well you convinced me enough to drive 2 hours to my parents hunting land to hunt. On a typical year I wouldn't have started hunting until mid October. But back to my story.

It's Saturday night and I'm in my stand by 5pm. By 6:30 I had already seen 6 different bucks. No shooters or at least not what I was looking for. About 7pm that monster buck came out. Just like you predicted. We had pictures of this buck, and so did the surrounding properties. So how lucky I feel, to have gotten this buck; it is still overwhelming! I know that if I wouldn't have seen your message about hunting Saturday, I wouldn't have been in the woods."

Nick B

Since watching Jeff’s videos and reading his articles, I’ve completely changed the way I think and strategize my habitat work. As I’ve taken on his strategies as my own, I have learned to transition my hunting properties to improve the habitat as well as my food plots for better fall hunting, and the results speak for themselves!

Terron B

I've found Jeff's concepts to be original, refreshing and highly effective! Not only do his concepts of defining deer bedding and movement patterns based on food sources work extremely well, but his use of the weather aligns with my own experiences for determining exactly when a mature buck will be on his feet. Jeff's teachings cover the entire spectrum of attracting, holding, building and hunting a great deer herd - even on small parcels!


Jeff sent me his new book a month ago and it has helped me tremendously with my food plots and how to set them up. He explains what seed to use and what time to plant the seed. He explains in depth how small thin plots are great for keeping deer on your property and getting the deer to go where you want them to. I am implementing Jeffs ideas this year and creating a long thin plot that will connect with my main plot and that way I know where to set my stand up. Jeff also talks about doe and buck bedding areas and his ideas are very easy to follow and are great for any hunter who wants to improve his chances at mature bucks.

Scott M

I've been a fanatic whitetail hunter for 26 years and counting. Over the years I've read just about every whitetail magazine, book, & blog to increase my odds of success. The 2nd year after reading Jeffs book and implementing his tactics, improvements, proper balance of food and habitat, etc... an increase of herd to around 70 deer by the end of season (not kidding your sightings will increase as the season progresses including bucks!). I harvested 2 awesome 8pts, passed on 18 immature bucks, and harvested 4 does to help balance the herd. My results may seem too good to be true...something like a fad diet....but trust me once you start to read this you won't be able to put it down and once you implement Jeff's concepts and design strategies....you will be able to take your hunting success to the next level you so desire!!! I promise;)

Anthony G

Jeff's concepts make a lot of sense and I can't wait to apply them to my 130 acre property located in central Michigan. If you own or lease hunting property I encourage you to read Whitetail Success by Design. Not only is the book informative and easy to follow, it is very interesting and fun to read. I am excited to get to start working on a number of his ideas this spring.

Bill C

Huge shout out to Jeff Sturgis and his infinite whitetail wisdom. I installed a waterhole back in August just for this one particular buck after watching Jeff's videos. Before too long all the deer in the vicinity were hammering it including this guy. Fast forward to the morning of October 27th when a hot doe was thirsty around 8:20 AM and led this guy right past me at 30 yards.


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