The forecast of rain on a day planned for turkey hunting can dampen a hunter’s spirits quickly. However, there is still a chance for success. Understanding how turkeys will react to rain and being prepared can improve the chances.
The first thing for the hunter to consider is comfort. A nice rain suit is a must. Make sure to dress for warmth as well if necessary. A good pair of water resistant boots will also be needed.
Rain will generally result in the turkeys staying on the roost for extended periods of time. The gobblers will be less likely to gobble.
Once the gobbler does fly down, he will generally move to an area that offers a wide field of view. The rain can reduce visibility so turkeys will be more secure in open areas.
The hunter can use this information to set up in grassy pastures, woods with large open areas, farm fields, or other locations that offer a lot of visibility. It is often best to sit and wait in such areas as opposed trying to seek them out. It’s alright to call occasionally but don’t expect a vocal response.
There is a good side to turkey hunting in the rain. That is when the rain clears. Often in the spring rain showers don’t last but a few hours. Afterwards the gobblers can get fired up and ready for action.
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