Paying Dues to the Wind

Shooting outside is almost always fun. There are days when cold, rain, snow, and wind make it more of a challenge. Today was one of those challenging days.

In my yard I have targets ranged up to 60 yards. The plan for today was to shoot at unmarked and marked distances from 20 to 50 yards. One look at the chop on the river was enough to tell me that training this morning was going to be rough.

Early morning chop on the Little River

The 51°F temperature wasn’t bad; in fact it was pretty good even if a tad bit cool. It was the wind, as indicated by the turbulent surface of the Little River that was going to be a problem.

Wind constantly raging at 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph will rock your body and mess with your shots. On my range, at 40 – 50 yards there was nothing to block or in anyway inhibit the wind. As a result I held my maximum yardage to 35 yards.

A Jolly Roger flag at 47 yards

The wind’s force blew my poorly balanced faux-deer over a time or two so I moved it to a secondary position. Here the fake deer had more support and I had better wind barriers.

Moving the deer to a bag-supported stance I banged its legs into the ground. From this area of my property I can shoot from my porch or near a storage building that lends protection from the non-stop wind.


From that harbor the maximum distance is only 26 yards. Twenty-six isn’t a long, but I have made some poor 26-yards shots in the past. So, I worked this distance for about an hour.

I will always have wind to reckon with, it’s part dues paid to live on the Atlantic Coast. There are ways to deal with wind and it is a small price to pay to be on the water.