As hunters, most of us usually groan with disappointment when we wake up to rain on hunt days. And if you’ve ever been turkey hunting in the rain, you know what a challenge it can be.
However, whether you’re a hunting expert or an amateur, follow these steps and you’ll be bow hunting turkey in the rain in no time. Many hunters will stay in because of the rain, so increase your chances of bagging some birds and head out when the weather is bad.
Turkey Hunting In The Rain – Tips
- Turkey Calls
- Bow Choices
1. Do Your Homework
If possible, do someresearchand track patterns before your turkey hunting begins. Scout out promising areas before you head to the hunt so that, regardless of weather, you will have a good idea of where to start.
2. Are Turkeys Out Much in the Rain?
Yes! Rain, in general, will not greatly change the usual behavior of turkeys, but it could force them into more open areas, so we recommend heading to large expanses and fields for the best options to hunt turkey.
3. What to Wear
Considering the rain, make sure you’re going to be warm and dry. We suggest vinyl ponchos and rain boots, and Outdoorzy.com recommendsFrog Toggs‘ lightweight and breathable attire available on Amazon.com.
4. Should I Use a Blind or Not?
Turkeys can see roughly 300 degrees, so blinds not only conceal you and your bow, but they are a great way to stay dry and comfortable in the rain. Also, remember to chose a blind large enough for your bow to draw back correctly.
5. How to Call a Turkey
Turkeys have excellent hearing, and this means that with the extra sound from rainfall, your calls need to be spot on. If you aren’t familiar on how to call a turkey in the rain, think about using afriction callas opposed to a mouth call as these will travel more distance in the rain. Many waterproof options are available.
6. Do I Need to Use a Decoy?
Setting up decoys is totally an individual choice. Some think it’s unnecessary while others swear by using decoys to best attract birds in an open field in the rain.
7. Choosing Your Bow
We’ve done huge amounts of research on this so you don’t have to. Take a quick look at our guide on how to cho0se your bow.
8. Practice Your Setup
You’ve picked your location and your method, now is the time to practice in rainy weather. Get your clothing and blind, if you are using one, set up exactly how you will use it for the real thing, and think about a turkey target or even a bullseye with a turkey picture to get warmed up.
Additionally, your bow may perform differently in the rain, so you will need to test your equipment in the rain before you go out.
Don’t let the rain prevent you from turkey hunting. Bottom line: if you know how to call a turkey and how to prep your gear, the rain might be your friend.
Turkey hunting in the rain can be a very rewarding experience.