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Turkeys in the Rain

Postby orangefoot » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:58 am

I have never hnted tukeys in the rain if it was raining i just didnt go. Unfortunatly its supposed to be raining here Friday and Saturday and i need some tips to killin em in the rain.

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Postby goosetalk » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:01 am

There are many good things about hunting in the rain.

1. Sneaking around is a lot quieter.
2. The birds usually "flock" to open fields with short vegetation...easier to find them.
3. Rumbles of thunder make toms easy to locate.
4. Less hunters
5. Hunting is better than sitting inside

Why rain can hurt.

1. Heavy rain can shut talkative birds down
2. You can get very wet.
3. Long distance gobbles can be hard to hear.
4. Turkeys can sneak in on you
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Postby trigger22 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:33 pm

if you have fields or other very clear areas thats where ya need to be :thumbsup:
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Postby cut_un » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:06 pm

Great advice, they may be cold, wet and quiet.... but they are still in the turkey woods. Think fields and clearings :thumbsup:
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Postby TakeEm12 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:24 pm

I love hunting turkeys in the rain. It pushes the birds to the fields because they cannot hear anything in the woods when it is raining.
The key is roosting the bird the night before if you do that u can pretty much guarantee that he will be in the nearest field or clearing.
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Postby orangefoot » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:43 pm

Thanks guys i know where i will be sitting sunday morning. :thumbsup:
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Postby stumpjumper » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:32 am

As stated turkeys will head to openings and fields in the rain. Just make sure that if you head to a field thet the grass is not to high. If it is they will not be to inclind to go there. In tall thick wet grass the water rolls off onto the birds feathers soaking them down.

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Postby cut_un » Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:51 pm

Know where I'll be setting Sunday morning myself.... Church

Here in Va. we do not allow hunting on Sunday :thumbsdown: You can golf, fish, play ping pong :mad: BUT.... NO hunting :eek:
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Postby stumpjumper » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:03 pm

Same here Cut. You can do anything you want EXCEPT hunt :huh:

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Postby trigger22 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 12:20 am

yeah no kidding what a shame. you can go to the store and buy beer but no hunting. what a rediculous rule
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Postby A-Bomb » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:01 am

I agree as well, turkey hunting in the rain is awesome. It no doubt one of the best times to hunt.

We used to have certain counties in Michigan that didnt allow hunting on Sundays. They petitioned it a few times and finally got it legalized. I never understood it personally, but it would be terrible if you couldnt hunt on a Sunday. Most people only get a couple days off a week and that narrows it down to one. What a bummer that would be.
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Postby fishfurlife » Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:18 pm

Guys if I could load the pic of todays hunt I would, but I can't seem to compress it enough, either way, Took a rain soaked bird this morning,

I Followed a dominant bird around this morning, finally found his zone and watched him whip another respectable bird, and I had him nearly where I needed him, then he had to act like the testosterone avenger and beat on the younger bird. As he was beating the other bird, another mature bird slipped in the field and I called him into the dead zone, where he lost the battle with my franchi
Not the dominant bird, but he was sporting a 10.5" beard and 1 1/8 spurs, and it was raining, on public land with no other goof balls in the woods squawking on their box calls and slates.
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Postby A-Bomb » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:52 am

:thumbsup: ..... Sounds like a wet morning in the wood, but definitely well worth it....Nice hooks on that bird too. :yes: Thanks for sharing the story with us.
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Postby LA.Call'emClose » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:01 pm

If you use any kind of friction call, rain can really make calling a pain.
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Postby fishfurlife » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:55 pm

Thats the truth, unless you hold it upside down. Thats why I use a mouth call
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Postby stumpjumper » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:49 pm

LA.Call'emClose wrote:If you use any kind of friction call, rain can really make calling a pain.


True, but it`s the stricker on pot calls that needs to be waterproof not the call. Use an acrylic, graphit, dipped, carbon, or aluminum stricker and all your problems are solved.

As for box calls you can pick up a waterproofing kit for $10 at Wally world

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Box Calls

Postby SGM-DKHNTR » Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:40 am

My box call's waterproof. It rains a lot in NY that time of year. Using chalk calls is difficult. This box works great in the rain. :thumbsup:

I still have my ole faithfull box that's about 25 years old, but I don't use either much anymore. Raspy mouth diaphrams and my fighting purrs is what I use for the most part.


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