We all know that feeling when you wake up in the morning to get ready for the hunt, and all you hear is howling winds outside. Nothing takes the wind out of your turkey hunting sails—other than wind.
On a recent turkey hunt in Texas, I experienced some of the highest winds I had ever encountered while turkey hunting.
We had two days to hunt and the weather forecast predicted high winds for both days. This was disappointing for sure.
That said, the only thing worse than hunting turkeys in the wind is not hunting turkeys at all. If you are ready to commit to hunting birds in the wind, here are some tips that can help you get the job done.
Turkeys tend to avoid high ridges and hillsides that are exposed to wind. They will tend to hit the bottoms and areas blocked from the wind. Look for pockets in the terrain that offer feeding opportunities but offer some protection.
Wind makes it difficult for both turkeys and humans to hear each other’s calls. Purrs and soft calls will most likely not be heard by nearby toms.
Decoys are important on windy days. Toms may not necessarily hear or respond to calls, but their eyesight is keen. Decoys can be just what the doctor ordered when trying to get the attention of an amorous tom.
Be prepared to change locations with the changes in the wind. This may keep you on the run but maybe the recipe for success.
Use Locator Calls
High-pitched, loud calls can be helpful in terms of locating toms.
Wind can indeed make your hunt difficult and somewhat frustrating.
Patience and perseverance can help make a difference. Change up your game a bit, and success can be yours.
About the Author
Kirstie Pike is the founder and CEO of Prois Hunting & Field Apparel for Women, the leading edge for women’s performance hunting gear for nine years and running.