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Question by lilbilly95. Uploaded on November 09, 2011
I feel like I seem more game immediately after a rainstorm...
Always more game movement before and after big weather fronts move in; unless the deer are pressured.
Deer are not sissies and live in the rain quite well. Rain makes hunters wet and miserable (most of us ARE sissies). I like hunting in the rain though. It masks sound and scent so you can sneak up on bedding grounds. Additionally, most of the sissie hunters watch football when it is raining and I can walk around the woods without getting shot. I have had good luck in the rain and enjoy it for that reason.
I no longer bow hunt in the rain after losing a nice doe to a washed out blood trail a few years back. I talked to Jim Crumly of Tree Bark fame and he too said that he didn't do it until he found a good tracking dog to recover the deer with.
Good point 007... my rain hunting is with a rifle and I have never had to follow a blood trail with that. I'm always in the stand with a bow and don't rain hunt much there because of exactly what you mentioned (plus rain is even more annoying in a tree stand). With bow hunting, you have to be prepared to follow a blood trail and the rain makes it tough. For bow hunting, I like fresh snow where even my 90 year old mom could track a deer.
Thanks Dakota. I'm not Daniel Boone by any stretch but I'd like to think that my son and I are pretty good at blood trailing and in that heavy mist/gentle drizzle we lost the blood trail after 30' or so. I went back the next day and found her in the bottom of the hollow, thanks to the buzzards. It was a good hit and should have been easy to find. I said right there, this is the last time.
weather has never bothered me, ive hunted in every condition imaginable. from 40 degrees and rain to -5 and a blizzard. best advice is dress appropriately and you should be able to enjoy all your hunts from a comfort standpoint.
now as far as deer movement, before and after storms definitely spark activity. i still see deer during storms, but the typical high winds rain that come with storms create an environment that deer dont like. the rain decreases ability to hear and high swirling winds play with their noses so they are going to be very skitish. winds also move everything from trees to brush. a deer's eyes are tuned to movement, so that doesnt help them either.
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