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Discussion in 'Turkey Hunting General' started by Roscoe Dog, Mar 21, 2006.
Stay in the truck until it quits raining.
I'm an admitted wimp nowadays. I stay inside in the rain.op:
Well I'm not an admitted wimp but I am kinda ignorant I guess cause I just go hunt regardless.
Remember I'm a rookie. 4 birds under my belt, 3 of em last year, so I don't really have a method !
I just go hunt and don't worry about getting wet. In the past I had a water proof box call. and I used mouth calls so equipment getting wet wasn't really an issue. Binos aside I guess, but other than that all my clothes are/were what I deer hunt in and I just went. I only got to hunt 3 or maybe 4 mornings all season long so weather wasn't an issue. Private/Public land, 2 and a half hours from home. Can't be too pickey about a little rain !
CP, my approach is pretty simple. The area I hunt is relatively small compared to most turkey hunters. It includes two permanent blinds near a foodplot. If rain comes I retreat to one of them and sit it out.
As far as the calls themselves are concerned I just keep them in ziplock bags inside a water repellant shoulder bag.
Rainy days are a good time to find the birds out in the fields, where they can see predators easier. I don't let the rain chase me back to the truck, unless it's a toad strangler rain with a bunch of lightning....I have rain gear for my upper body...find a good sittin tree, sit on the downwind side to block some of the blowing rain. I tuck my vest up close, not worrying about it getting too wet. I love my friction calls, but will always have a mouth call in to finish em with anyway, so just use that if the others get wet. If I'm using my BP shotgun, I tuck the hammers up under my right arm....goes off everytime, knock on wood!!! I do keep my box call chalk, sanding materials for slates and such in a ziploc, in my vest...would be a good idea to carry a spare, in case of rain, to put slates and strikers in just in case it started rainin I guess. I've killed alot of birds right after a rain...don't let it scare ya, you won't melt, you'll float like the rest of us turds!!!
I'm wiff fireman. Lots of my best success has come on mornings with little showers moving though. Great days to hunt.
I have mentioned this before but I'll mention it again. DSG is always ready for a little shower because I always wear a cheap rain suit under my camo. My style of hunting requires it because I am normally on the ground when working a bird more than I am sitting up. It keeps you from getting muddy and wet on that belly crawl even on days that it is not raining.
As for the rest. If it has to stay dry, the best place for it on a rainy day is in the truck because it is nearly impossible to keep things dry no matter what you do. A small slate in a ziploc bag along with a diaphram is all I'll pack on a rainy day.
Poor Valley and I hunt alike. I have two tree stands that have a roof on them. Just like a couple of weeks ago while I was shed hunting it started raining and I headed for one of the blinds and waited it out for about 45 minutes. But if I do get caught in a sudden downpour I always keep a gallon zip lock bag in my backpack for my wallet, cell phone, camera and my box and slate calls. I will dry out with time. I have notice the past few years that when I do get wet I tend to wrinkle in certain places. When I do dry out some of those certain places retain their wrinkles.
DSG...........My gosh man, how can you stand wearing one of those "Hefty Bag" rainsuits every day of the season???????
Unless it is lighting I hunt. Cool damp days are some of the best to be had. I have a GOOD, packable rainsuit that stays in the truck everyday of the season. On days there is a chance of rain it goes with me in a back pack. It takes a little room and adds a little weight but I ain't wasting my time hiking back to my truck when I could/should be hunting. I keep everything that would get hurt by getting wet in ziplocks or small tupperware containers. I carry a few extra baggies with me at all times. On days it is wet from the start I try to minimize the items that have to be kept dry (ie take 1 box call instead of 3). I also keep a back-up set of ALL my hunting clothes (down to socks, undies, and an extra pair of boots) in the truck everyday of the season. That way if I get soaked I can go back to the truck and change and be back at it ASAP as opposed to giving up for the day or at a minimum wasting an hour or more to drive home to change. I also keep extra calls back at the truck everyday I hunt.
I wear my rain gear, and keep almost everything under it so it stays dry. The main things I worry about are my wallet, camera, cell phone and pistol. The rest I prefer to keep dry, but don't actually put much effort into it.
I really dislike rain hunting. But I am prepaired in the spring if I do get caught in the rain. I always carry a rain suit, zip lock bags and a trash bag. If it starts raining I will head towards cover. Have a bus that will keep you dry. Shot 2 turkey out of it so far. Have a couple of blinds made that will keep you dry also. If it is a down pour. I will put my rain suit on and put my vest in the trash bag. I have been caught out in some terrible thunder & lightening storms. That scares me when out in that kind of weather.
since i am lucky enought to hunt the uneducated stupid birds that come to any idiot crunching an aluminum can on private property, i just sit it out in my blind.:hysterical::hysterical:
I take it down to the bare minimum to keep from taking a chance at ruining any equipment. I take everything out of my vest besides my mouth calls and decoys, and I put on a rain suit with waterproof boots.
I tough it out most of the time. A little sprinkle won't hurt anyone....
It actually ain't bad. Just gotta wear some cotton underneaf it. I use the real light one too, they really aren't hot at all. Sure keeps ya dry too when crawling around on the wet ground.
Oh.........and because I hunt private property where any idjit could kill a bird I normally don't hunt the "entire season." Usually only takes about 10 mintutes a day for two days of the season. Pitty those poor souls who have to hunt public land, it just ain't the same! :bangin:
Wet Weather??? I have DSG hold a big waterproof tarp over me head..:hysterical::hysterical::hysterical: