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Old 10-19-2018, 10:37 AM   #1
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Do you do it, and if so, what tips do you have?
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:38 AM   #2
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Tips? It's the same as hunting when it's not raining only wetter
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:40 AM   #3
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Quiet rain suit, Binocular covers, rubber boots, extra towel in your pack
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:40 AM   #4
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I use the frogg toggs. I also make sure I have tread on the souls of my boots so I can climb a ladder without slipping. Make sure your strings are waxed well before you go out.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:41 AM   #5
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Sure. I just keep moving parts lubed up and I dry everything off the best I can after the hunt and not let water sit on anything. Other than that, go hunt.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:46 AM   #6
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Tips? It's the same as hunting when it's not raining only wetter
This. Just make sure you let your bow dry before putting it up.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:47 AM   #7
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Rain jackets can be bulky - make sure your sleeve won't impede the bowstring. I shoot feathers so I cover them with a baggie. They make waterproofing spray for them but I've not tried it.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:48 AM   #8
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I hunt enclosed blind to stay dry
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:52 AM   #9
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Spot and stalk, the rain covers scent and noise.
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Old 10-19-2018, 10:55 AM   #10
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The biggest issue is after you shoot and the rain washes away the blood trail. Only thing I've shot in the rain with my bow was a coyote. I know it died but after waiting a few min the only blood was hanging off the bottom of the arrow and there wasnt much left. All the blood on the ground was washed away/diluted down that there wasnt any to follow. For that reason I dont bow hunt in the rain and if gun hunting in it I try for drt shots.

Killing in the rain is easy, recovery can be difficult.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:16 AM   #11
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I love hunting the rain. I don't have to worry as much about making noise going to my stand. I am a clutz and will trip over every stick and groundhog hole on the way there.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:17 AM   #12
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I don't mind hunting in the rain, but I don't bowhunt in the rain. I don't want to lose an animal because the blood trail washed away.

edit: What denimdeerslayer said...^^
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:23 AM   #13
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Several years ago, I found some scent free oil at Arlington Bowhunting... I use a Q-tip and coat all my bolt heads, and threads when possible. Keeps them from rusting up after they dry out.

You could use any vegetable oil, or vaseline. It doesn’t take much.

I can thank Mr. Witt for that tip.
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Old 10-19-2018, 11:32 AM   #14
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Hunt from a pop up. I have killed 2 of my biggest deer in cold drizzly/rainy weather
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:10 PM   #15
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I always worry about the blood trail or lack there of while raining. As mentioned above, other than that I love hunting in the rain too.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:26 PM   #16
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Tips? It's the same as hunting when it's not raining only wetter
Best way to handle blood trail in rain? Do you just go for spine shots?
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:28 PM   #17
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The biggest issue is after you shoot and the rain washes away the blood trail. Only thing I've shot in the rain with my bow was a coyote. I know it died but after waiting a few min the only blood was hanging off the bottom of the arrow and there wasnt much left. All the blood on the ground was washed away/diluted down that there wasnt any to follow. For that reason I dont bow hunt in the rain and if gun hunting in it I try for drt shots.

Killing in the rain is easy, recovery can be difficult.
^^^THIS!!!^^^

I may hunt in the rain but I won't shoot an animal if it's raining or about to. I do like to be in the stand as soon as the rain stops though.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:33 PM   #18
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As others have said the biggest hold back for me bowhunting in the rain is the recovery. Do I like sitting in an enclosed blind listening to the rain & critters all around?...yes...but do I envy the recovery if I manage to shoot something?...heck no. Too big of a liability for me personally.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:33 PM   #19
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I don't mind hunting in the rain, but I don't bowhunt in the rain. I don't want to lose an animal because the blood trail washed away.

edit: What denimdeerslayer said...^^
Yep.
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Old 10-19-2018, 01:58 PM   #20
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I hunt enclosed blind to stay dry
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I just dont like my bow to get wet. But Im picky about my equipment
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:15 PM   #21
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I have haven’t had good sucess in the rain after the rain stops is another story though. I would do everything I could to keep myself and my equipment dry . It’s hard to shoot if your cold and wet .
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:17 PM   #22
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I hunt enclosed blind to stay dry
This. Actually like hunting a light rain but only if in a blind. Sitting in the rain in a tree isn't much fun so I won't do it.
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:21 PM   #23
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Do you do it, and if so, what tips do you have?
I have done it more times than I care to say and have yet, killed anything
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:42 PM   #24
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I use one of those pop up umbrellas that attaches to a tree, a rain suit and put string wax on the heads of my screws and bolts to help keep the water out.
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Old 10-19-2018, 02:54 PM   #25
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I hunted in the rain the last 2 days but had no intention of actually shooting during the 3 hunts that it rained on. I might have taken a chance on a pig but no way I would shoot a WT.


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Old 10-19-2018, 02:58 PM   #26
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I would think it would be fine, other than feathered arrow users would have to compensate for the water and weight on them.
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:36 PM   #27
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I use the Primos bow sling to help keep strings dry on the way to and from the blind and hunt in a box when its raining.

I saw average of 10 deer a sit all last week. Granted, they were all doe and yearling bucks. But they were on their feet even in a downpour.


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Old 10-19-2018, 03:41 PM   #28
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Best way to handle blood trail in rain? Do you just go for spine shots?


I shoot for the heart regardless of weather.

A good dog can track a blood trail in rain. They can track the hoof prints in mud too by smell. A really solid downpour can be a problem.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:12 PM   #29
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I don't mind hunting in the rain, but I don't bowhunt in the rain. I don't want to lose an animal because the blood trail washed away.

edit: What denimdeerslayer said...^^
I guess this is my biggest fear with a bow. I've used the smoke pole and dropped them.

I really don't want to lose one I've shot in the rain.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:19 PM   #30
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I have hunted in the rain with no issue of trailing or tracking deer/animals. My biggest fear was sitting water in crevices of bow. When I got home I used a can of compressed air to clean out the crevices of the bow (keyboard cleaner etc). Made sure strings were properly waxed.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:20 PM   #31
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Bad idea.
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