Turkeys can’t smell, but deer can. And deer can ruin a good turkey hunting session if they spook and run through the birds you’re aiming for. This is why you try to be as scent-free as possible when hunting turkeys. There is another, a probably more important reason to play the wind when hunting.
Many people think that getting winded by a turkey shouldn’t be a problem, unlike with whitetails. Their sharp vision, however, should be a huge concern. But the wind actually plays a huge factor in hunting these gobblers. Here’s how to play the wind for turkeys!
What to Wear
The right type of camouflage clothing is necessary on windy days. Many people don’t think about this but don’t wear loose-fitting camo clothing since it might draw attention to gobblers. If you wear a face mask, tie it down good to keep it from flapping. Turkeys are cautious about movement and danger, especially in the wind.
Decoys are tremendous assets on windy days since the wind doesn’t affect their eyesight and it will be harder for you to call. Use a decoy that is stiff enough to offer resistance to the wind. It shouldn’t spin wildly around, so go for a full-bodied decoy. By placing them up on a dirt mound or clump of brush, they’re still visible to the turkeys, but without the stake, they won’t spin around unnaturally.
When and Where to Hunt
In the spring a gobbler’s fundamental focus is to breed with hens. Gobblers eat and anticipate that responsive hens should walk to them, then pinpoint position by honing in so as to find imminent mates. In the same way, receptive hens look for gobblers by yelping. When a gobbler hears the hen’s cries, he will gobble for her to find him.
Consider what this means to you. At the point when a gobbler searches for receptive hens for reproducing, he tunes in for their cries, then clucks and purrs to show that she looks for company. Gobblers can amplify their effectiveness and spread to more regions by going with the wind in their face when moving. It allows them to hear the hens from a distance, therefore decreasing the tracks they make to check a similar region.
Gobblers usually travel in the wind when searching, so make sure to set up decoys and position them properly to be prepared for a shot from downwind.
However, sometimes when it’s not springtime, they also avoid the wind since it’s hard for them to hear. So ask yourself, “where can I hear best?”. The turkeys are probably in hollows or on lee hillsides getting out of the wind.
They also avoid the wind since it chills them and stifles their calls. Toms will drop down at least to the first level of benches, shelves, and flats below the peaks. If the guts are strong, they may slip down in valleys and open hollows as mentioned.
You may also check side bowls and basins sheltered from gusts, leeward sidehills, and creek bottoms.
If possible, roost a tom the night before at dusk. But remember that if gusts build at night, he may drop down to a tree at a lower elevation. Predict where that would be and move there quickly if the gobbler isn’t where you roosted him.
If you’re not able to tag a bird at daylight and the wind starts increasing, cover ground. Find birds that are talking, Toms will drop down at least to the first level of benches, shelves, and flats below the peaks.
Learn how to call louder to compensate for the poor acoustics and smaller range you’ll cover.