Predators and Wind

Discussion in 'Predators, Varmints, and Hogs' started by antler3, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. antler3

    antler3 Well-Known Member

    I'm fairly new to predator hunting and wanting to know from those of you with experience , what's your luck been like hunting them in windy conditions ?:confused:
     
  2. TheBattman

    TheBattman Select Member<br>2010-11 Deer Hunting Contest Winn

    CJDavis is the closest we have to a "guru" on predator hunting on this board, but in my experience, wind makes it HARD! The call doesn't carry as far, and the critters just don't move as well.

    A little breeze, or even light wind is not too bad... but WIND...ugh. I have to want to go really badly.
     

  3. Cjdavis618

    Cjdavis618 Well-Known Member

    You guys crack me up. There are many guys on here that hunt critters. I'm just the most active on this board. :wink:

    Windy does make it hard. It carries your scent farther out and you can expect them to circle farther downwind. Other than that, you will find most coyotes and deer, etc on the leeward side of hills and valley's staying out of the forbidding weather.

    Calls and stands will need to be louder and longer. At least in my experiance.
     
  4. antler3

    antler3 Well-Known Member

    Thanks a bunch and I find your advice to be correct. i went out yesterday for little while didn't even see as much as a squirrel........:smack:
     
  5. Cjdavis618

    Cjdavis618 Well-Known Member

    It can be tough in those conditions.

    Times like that is where a topo map really comes in handy. If you can find a good sized valley to slip into you will improve your odds a good bit.

    Being that coyotes and other varmints look for movement when they hunt, if the wind is howling, that causes everything to move. It makes them more skittish and reluctant to come in. However, if you can get into a valley where there should be some coyotes, visible sign or something. You might be able to get them to come in to the call. Especially young ones.

    The older coyotes may still try and circle, but that would put tham in a big disadvantage and cause them to get back into the weather.

    In some cases, high winds can help you get a bobcat. Bobcat's come in very slow and steady. When they sit, you would think there is a rock where they are.

    If you scan the treelines and know what is there and what has been moving, windy times can actually improve your bobcat chances.

    Keep after them. :thumb: