Yamaha Outdoors Tips — Don't Let Weather Foul You Up
By Bob Humphrey
We all hope for ideal weather when heading afield. When the weatherman throws you a curve ball you have two choices: stay home or tough it out. If you choose the latter, here are a few tips that might make the effort pay off.
A spring gobbler has three main priorities: survival, mating and food. On nice days mating is a strong contender for first place. When the weather is poor, it becomes a distant third. Staying alive means staying warm and avoiding predators, tasks that are more difficult on rainy, windy days.
As a result, birds often stay on the roost longer in the morning. Be patient. You may have to wait a little longer, but unless there are torrential rains or whole gale winds, the birds will be there, eventually. This is the day to bring a ground blind and a folding chair and camp out.
GET OUT OF THE WOODS
Where you set up is also important. On bad weather days, turkeys tend to prefer open areas, where predator detection is easier. Forget about the traditional strutting areas in the woods. Concentrate on open areas like prairies, meadows, agricultural fields, or recent cutovers. The birds may come later, but they’ll linger in these areas much longer.
There’s a good chance the toms will take a day off from the breeding ritual and won’t be doing much gobbling. As a result, you won’t hear their approach. A bird could show up at any time so you must remain vigilant.
There are few positives about hunting during foul weather. One, however, is that it reduces hunting pressure. Stormy weather tends to dissuade the casual hunters. Even some of the more serious hunters may become discouraged and impatient when the weather is bad and the action slow. Knowing there are fewer hunters in the woods can give you the extra confidence and patience you need.