COLD WEATHER EFFECT BIRDS

Discussion in 'Ohio Gobbler Hunting' started by CaptMark, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    DO YOU THINK THIS COLD WEATHER WILL EFFECT THE OPENING DAY ? OR IS IT TO SOON TO TELL ?
     
  2. Bshive

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    I have heard my best "gobbling mornings" when the low was around 32-40 and the weather was sunny and clear with no wind. I love those mornings when you can see the gobbler's breath when he gobbles.

    The Temps are supposed to steadily increase thorughout the next couple of weeks, so I think we will be in store for a great season with the dates being bumped up by a week. The weeds in the fields should be held in check by the passing freezes.

    I like it when the temps are around 60 and 40. Not too hot and not to cold.

    CAN'T WAIT ANYMORE!

    Going to try listening for that first gobble this coming weekend!
     

  3. ducksnbucks

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    Have called birds in when it's in the mid 20's, Hunted Georgia a couple yrs ago on opening morning, 22 degrees, my buddy shot a gobbler with frost on it back, I think it's just wether you find a turkey that is hot to trot
     
  4. COLLY

    COLLY New Member

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    i too don't think that the temp will effect the
    bird too much unless its downright insane cold.
    the amount of daylight(photoperiod) is the driving
    force.
     
  5. Pale_Rider

    Pale_Rider New Member

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    We've hunted western Maryland for a few years and believe me, it gets cold in those mountains in april. Called in some hard gobblin birds after snow squals, while freezing rain was coming down and when temps where in the teens. Shot my merriams in the snow in So Dakota. So I really dont worry about the cold weather much.<img src="/images/boards/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" align="absmiddle">
     
  6. Bshive

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    Darron,

    A couple of years ago, I sat down on the edge of a field at 10 am and fell asleep until about 11 am. I was about to call it quits when I saw a black dot at the edge of the far side. It was about 11:30 when I first called and he roared back with a gobble and dropped to full strut. I immediately shut up and he started to work my way.....SLOWLY.......Then noon rolled around and I had a bird at 75 yards gobbling his head off and just strutting back and forth. I didn't want to spook him, so I just stayed and watched. I didn't call anymore, but he would not leave. He kept gobbling at my two fake hens in the field and strutted back and forth. Went on for about an hour and half before he lost interest and left. Never came within those 75 yards though.

    It was one of those times when you think that you are all alone, at least you think you are, and you should just take this bird even though it is past 12 noon. I didn't and haven't thought twice about it since. He won that day only because of the ODNR! I wish they would extend the hours until 2 or so.
     
  7. akajigs

    akajigs New Member

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    I have killed turkeys in cold weather warm and rain the main thing is to to pattern your birds the week before season.and don't call just Liston.if thy fly down and don't talk then after 30 minutes or so give a yelp to see which way thy are going. you can adapt to any Werther but as i always say persistence pays.good luck jigs.