Where I live here on Cape Cod, we get a lot of wind at times. Since I work on an offshore fishing boat in the Fall, I often get time off when it is windy. So if I want to go calling when I’m not on the boat, I have to deal with the wind.
Windy days are usually the least productive days for calling wildlife, but most of us don’t get to pick our days off depending on the wind. Calling in the wind may be our only chance to get out there and call, so let’s try to make the best of it.
Here’s a tip from Foxpro’s Abner Druckenmiller on calling predators in high winds:
In high winds, is it easier to hear a dog barking or somebody blowing on a whistle? Use higher frequency sounds like rodent distress or high pitched bird distress sounds as these will cut through the wind noise.
On windy days, make your stands closer together. Like instead of a mile or half mile apart, make them a quarter mile apart on windy days. If you are calling in a densely wooded area on a windy day, you could even make your stands a few hundred yards apart.
Try to call in areas that are sheltered from the wind direction. Animals will often try to get out of the wind and by being in a wind sheltered area like the leeward side of a hill, you will be where the animals are.
When it’s windy, call constantly while on a stand. As the wind gusts, it also stops or at least slows down in between. By calling constantly you’ll be sure that your sound is getting out during the periods in between gusts when the wind is a little less.
If you use an electronic caller, set up the caller crosswind from you a ways and make sure you can see well on the downwind side from the caller. Your calls are going to travel better downwind and canine predators will almost always approach the caller from the downwind side, even when there is very little wind.