Weather Conditions Play a Big Part in Turkey Hunting

Written by Big Game Camera Man on Monday, April 29, 2013

The ideal day for turkey hunting is a bright, sunny day with light wind and temperature reaching the low 60s. Those are the ingredients for a mind-boggling encounter with a hard-gobbling, strutting tom.  But you can't always get what you want; sometimes your schedule leaves you having to hunt on a less-than-ideal day.

Here are some of my observations about the weather aspects of Spring turkey hunting:

I avoid going out in heavy rain—the birds seem miserable and take cover, so there isn't much to see. On the other hand, light rain can be a good time to hunt—the birds may be out on the edge of fields, attempting to dry off. Spring is prime time in their breeding cycle, and they want to make the most of it.

Very windy days create problems for both you and the birds--you can't hear their gobbling and they can't hear your calls.

Higher temperatures can become an issue.  When late-morning temperatures reach about 80 degrees (in late-May ) the birds get lazy and shut off.

I like to schedule a hunt for right after a weather change in the area. In the Spring, we often get several days in a row of stable weather conditions. When such a pattern breaks—when the temperature rises or drops sharply--the turkeys are very hot and restless on their roosts For instance, on a bright, clear morning after a late-afternoon or evening thunder-and-lightning storm the toms are ready to play the game—they'll gobble longer and harder before coming off the roost.

On another matter that's a continuing concern of mine:

Spring turkey season is a great time of year to introduce your spouse or youngster to the outdoors. Temperatures are rising, trees are coming into full leaf, and there's lots of wildlife activity each morning. It's not our right, but our privilege to purchase a hunting license in this beautiful country

Big-game hunting as a sport is in trouble. Each year that goes by, fewer people, especially young people, participate. The annual rate of decline in hunting license sales is staggering. We who love hunting need to get more kids away from their video games and into the woods and fields. I urge every member to introduce a kid to the sport—your son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew or a friend's, neighbor's or co-worker's kid . Even if a youngster isn't licensed for 2013, take him or her out one morning. A kid who hears some hard gobbling action just may end up hooked on the sport for life. Remember, new blood is the future of hunting.

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