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Roosters in heavy winds?


Dahitman44

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I hope to get out tonight for an hour or so -- any idea what to do in heavy winds? Angle to hunt?

Will they get up?

I am hunting with a good dog.

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My experience is that they will get up into the wind and turn quickly and go with the wind fast.

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Also, I would do the best you can to walk directly into the wind as much as possible. That way the dog will get the best scent.

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Great!

So which way should I hunt it?

With the wind in my face?

Will the wind HURT my action?

Thanks

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The wind can be good and bad, good in the reason that they won't hear you from as far away so they can hold better. The negative aspect is if they get up and fly they generally seem to fly farther with more wind.

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I have found they tend to run alot more when its really windy. Be aware of that.

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I hunted in some pretty heavey wind 2 seasons ago. It seemed like they flushed straight up, caught the wind, and were out of there - FAST

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I went duck hunting this morning and decided to walk a field on the way home. Walked one field and the dog got two up nice and close, but no luck. I shot well this morning duck hunting but not so hot in the field. That wind killed me! Getem on the first shot or it will be tough. Good luck!

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If possible try to hunt your best spot at some angle into the wind or at a 90 degree angle to the wind. At some point you'll have the wind at your back. Hopefully at that point you'll be hunting a less prime part of your spot.

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Copper did a great job and kicked up two hens. Only made it out for about 45 minutes, but it was fun.

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Two thoughts on high wind hunting:

1) Be ready and shoot them fast because once they catch the wind they're gone.

2) Pay attention to the 'out of the wind spots' like the downwind side of a willow patch, farm grove etc.

High winds make for challenging shooting but the birds are still there, they don't migrate. I'd rather hunt a windy 45 degree day vrs a sunny, calm 70 degree day anytime. The wind will help eliminate some of the upland cover while on a calm warm day the birds will be anywhere.

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They run and flush wild more often

Those that hold tight can be easily walked by ...

When you walk with the wind, let the dog get out and then hunt back to you. Understand that they will hear you coming much further away.

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Copper had some physical problems that I am trying to figure out. I posted it in the hunting dogs thread. Can any of you help?

thanks

Hit

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