The wind takes your ears away. Listening to turkeys while you call to them is nearly impossible on breezy days.
Like many of you, I’ve listened to a Weather Channel girl or two in turkey camp around the country. Heck I do that plenty here at home. Okay Strut Zoners, here’s what the weekend is dealing me:
The forecast for Maine’s Saturday, Oct. 16 turkey opener is for northwest winds from 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30, with a fifty percent chance of showers. All this will follow Friday’s nor’easter–heavy rains, temperatures in the 50s, winds from 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45.
Chance of rain: 100 percent.
If it does shower and stay that windy into Saturday’s opener, you can almost count on flocks of turkeys filtering into open fields, both grassy pastures that look like unkempt putting greens, and those of the cut corn variety; likely both.
If it continues to rain hard they might just stay on the roost.
That puts the turkey caller in a position of stand hunting them at likely access points when they do fly down, much as one might hunt field deer. Pick the right pinch point or funnel location and you score. Pick the wrong one and you watch the turkeys out of range, in the rain and wind, hatching another plan that might involve a running scatter, or. . . .
Find a pinch point and sit on turkeys until they come to the open areas to shake off like wet black Labs.
Find birds flocked up in sheltering draws, flush them, then wait for them to return to the scatter site, and calling just for effect.
Skip the opener and rest up (you’re not serious, right?). Hang with the family on Maine’s no-hunt Sunday and hunt on Monday.
OK, I was kidding about the third one, but seriously, how do you guys turkey hunt the wind and rain?