Cleaning Out Kitchen Drawer Leads To Air Tube Mounted Wind Flag
I don't know about you folks, but we always seem to have one drawer in the kitchen, that is the resting place for all sorts of bits an pieces of things. Some of them I have no idea what they are, or where they came from, but we have a nice assortment of them. Today was the day I decided to clean that thing out. I needed to make room for the next collection of similar items that will magically appear over the next year or so.
In the process, I found a fishing tackle type swivel. I don't fish, so who knows where that thing came from. I also found about three dozen rubber bands of various sizes. While looking at those items, a plan for an air tube mounted wind flag started to formulate in my feeble mind.
One of the challenges I have to deal with when hunting in the local dog towns, is the constantly blowing, and changing wind. There isn't much in the way of useful vegetation out there that is of much help when trying to dope the wind. I normally do the best I can by using how it feels on my skin, the hair on my arms, which side of my face it's hitting, and that sort of thing. The last few times out last year, I started tying a piece of string to the air tube of which ever gun I was hunting with, and it really helped.
Sort of mickey mouse in appearance, but better than nothing. I kept thinking that there must be a better solution. Something that would be more sensitive to the changes in the wind, and easily moved from one gun to another. Using the swivel, rubber band, and a piece of old video tape, I put together the perfect, (for me) air tube mounted wind flag. The ranges in these dog towns tend to be long, and doping the wind is just part of the game. It's very challenging, and I'll take any help I can get.
The swivel lets the flag move easily, and the tape is wide enough, yet light enough to catch even slight changes in a breeze. It's real easy to keep an eye on while lining up the shot. The rubber band makes it easy to move from gun to gun. Here's the finished product. Nothing earth shattering, just a simple tool to help read the wind while trying to poke holes in furballs at long range. Not much else in that drawer was worth keeping. What an amazing collection of junk. LOL
Next week I've got a four day prairie dog hunt planned. I will be using my .25 caliber Marauder exclusively. This wind flag is going to come in very handy.