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Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby Bear47 » Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:09 am

Just wondering if anyone has any luck duck hunting during a hard rain with a lot of wind.
I tried to go today but it was raining really hard with lots of wind.
I didn't see much moving and the coots stayed rafted up on the big water and didn't move at all.

Anyone ever have any luck in hard rain?? do the ducks even move when it's like that?
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Re: Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby jehler » Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:38 am

my favorite time to hunt, the birds always decoy real fast :thumbsup:
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Re: Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby BigRiver » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:02 am

Up here it seems that the ducks rarely move in a hard rain regardless of the wind strength. I have never had a good hunt in a rain like that. However a good snow always seems to work. The birds make split second decisions on setting in, if they see your spread and it looks good, they fold themsleves in half to get down to your spot. No swinging at all.
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Re: Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby assateague » Fri Dec 18, 2009 9:09 am

BigRiver wrote:Up here it seems that the ducks rarely move in a hard rain regardless of the wind strength. I have never had a good hunt in a rain like that. However a good snow always seems to work. The birds make split second decisions on setting in, if they see your spread and it looks good, they fold themsleves in half to get down to your spot. No swinging at all.

I'm the same way back home in MD. Rain=no birds where I hunt. Snow=great day, and it keeps them real low. I don't even bother to go if it's raining, UNLESS the weather shows when it'll stop. Then I'll be set up an hour or so before it's scheduled to stop, and the birds come piling out of all the guts and draws as soon as it starts to let up. That's when I would be there, but I think it depends on lot on where you're hunting.
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Re: Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby steelslinger » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:24 am

BigRiver wrote:Up here it seems that the ducks rarely move in a hard rain regardless of the wind strength. I have never had a good hunt in a rain like that. However a good snow always seems to work. The birds make split second decisions on setting in, if they see your spread and it looks good, they fold themsleves in half to get down to your spot. No swinging at all.


I agree, the harder the rain, the less the birds move. If the wind is blowing and a slight rain then I will put the wind at my back and hunker down for some good action. Too much wind seems to keep them on the water. I don't know anything about snow except for the few times it has snowed out here and did not get a lot of action during the snow.
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Re: Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby Papachessie » Fri Dec 18, 2009 7:01 pm

The birds around here keep moving all day when it's raining. The worse the weather the better the hunting.
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Re: Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby Nabs » Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:05 pm

I hunt outside, sometimes it rains, sometimes it shines, sometimes the wind blows, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes I shoot ducks sometimes I don't. I go out everyday I can, the weather determines whether my windshield wipers are on or off, nothing more nothing less.
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Re: Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby jehler » Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:24 pm

Papachessie wrote:The birds around here keep moving all day when it's raining. The worse the weather the better the hunting.

exactly, I think all these other guys don't see birds when it rains because they decide to stay in bed :lol3:
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Re: Hunting in the rain and wind

Postby fwlgrl24 » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:12 pm

We always see the most ducks in the worst weather. Im headin out in some hell in the mornin but we're huntin some swamp holes out at our deer huntin lease which it doesnt seem to matter to the woodies, mallards, and blackducks we've been seein in there. They go from roost to feed no matter what its like. The wind does seems to help some though cuz theyre too focused on avoidin trees to see us.
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