CAT CALLING RESULTS AND THE WIND
I have looked over records going as far back as 2001
at a specific 3 farms we hunt on, and looking over the
records I have found a pattern, maybe I am wrong but
again maybe in it is a hidden secret on calling cats.
Who knows, maybe they prefer windy nights to walk
around, apposed to still evenings? But stats normally
don’t lie. 99% of cats taken are in the wind!
One farm I went to in 1997, it was a farm that was
buzzing with birdlife, sheep, donkeys, poultry and
stud stock. The farmer got my name from his neighbour,
and I went to see it, we planned our hunt and we went
calling. In my first 6 hunts at this farm I called and
killed 4 lynx, I then gave it a break and after 2
months again called in another lynx that my partner
missed back then. Then every month I made a stand and
killed on average a cat every 4th hunt.
After 5-6 months it quietened down, and I called
nothing but bakoore.
Then I left it a year and went back, and nearly every
time again klapped a Rooikat. It is now 2010, and
again my last 3 hunts we have shot a cat all three
times we called and my partner missed one.
But looking at my records ( and memory) it seems that
nearly every time I call a cat its windy, these past 3
cats all came in severe wind, I was in Namibia and
called a cat again in wind, I have just been on a
course in Arlington, Bethlehem, we gave a calling
course, the third night we called in heavy wind, a
jackal came across us at an angle, and at the same
time behind me and in front of me two cats came into
the call ( this was witnessed by 6 people if you
suspect me of talking bull). Again in the wind, I
hunted Sutherland for years, I killed many many cats,
most again in wind…..- so is this a hidden secret of
cats? - to call them only in the wind?
My wife and I went calling recently, after 40 minutes
in comes a cat into the wind, and it was windy if you
get my meaning!
I went out last week, I called with my hand caller, in
comes a lynx, into the wind and looked at us at 21m
while we looked at him with night vision – it was
howling (wind so bad the roofs of houses got blown
off) this was on the TV also (December 12th
/ 2009) Western Cape was badly damaged by wind.
This cat was called in the wind
back in 1997; my wife still commented that it was very
unpleasant that night. Called with hand caller, even
as far back as then the wind was noted on my records
This cat was caught on video ( 1999), it was called in
severe wind this night, so much wind I needed to keep
the camo nets down with sand thrown down with a spade!
So, maybe in this all is a cat secret, they are better
called in the wind?
This big cat was also called in the wind, the same
farm, this was in 2001 – So, you decide, maybe you
also have had good results in the wind? This was a
I have called far too many cats to be sure of exact
conditions as a long time ago I never kept records,
but looking at recent records for say 15 years back I
will say YES the wind is a thing that often is
apparent when cat calling, if that’s a secret on cat
calling I don’t know, who knows maybe it’s just a
coincidence, but I don’t think so. Maybe cats feel
more at ease walking around and hunting in windy
conditions, I don’t know – but I am beginning to
Cats are elusive and hard to figure out, but this wind
thing is something that has always or most times been
present at cat kills. I have a load of other times we
hunted that we had wind and got cats, it has happened
So, if you have had similar experiences or you also
called cats and had wind most times, I am curious to
hear from you, send me your story and pictures, if
it’s a nice photo I will place it here.