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do you bow hunt in the rain

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Total Members Voted: 18

Voting closed: November 04, 2014, 05:01:48 PM

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Online dave 1211

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bow hunting
« on: October 15, 2014, 06:01:48 PM »
I have this thing about not bow hunting in the rain afraid of shooting a deer and not finding it how about giving me  your thought on this
turkey season is 1 month away

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Offline gander

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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2014, 07:11:36 PM »
a very light drizzle is ok but only take close shots with high risky shots for fear of blood trail washout

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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2014, 08:02:07 PM »
I have the same concern even when hunting with a gun.

I used to use a game tracker on my bows but you really don't see them much any more.

I will hunt in light rain or if there is snow but i really don't like hunting in the rain for the same reason.

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Offline Bearclaw

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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2014, 08:11:33 PM »
Same here. Concerns about losing blood trails. I would hunt maybe in a drizzle or light rain if it started after I got in but to walk into it probably not. Take into account a bad hit, which we all do sometimes, and that would ocompound the problem with blood trails. Gun hunting there is no problem about hunting in the rain, downpour or snowstorm. I will be there!
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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2014, 10:44:43 PM »
I haven't bow hunted for quite a while, but when I did do so, I didn't mind a very light rain.  For one, it made the woods much quieter, and generally it seemed like it was easier to detect movement. 
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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2014, 08:23:56 AM »
I don't in the early season. But when the rut is on and I have a chance to go.
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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2014, 11:26:45 AM »
I do sometimes hunt in the rain but am a lot more particular about the shots I will take. Close shots only...
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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2014, 11:48:05 AM »
Never hunt with my recurve in the rain, but I do with my compound.  Feathers vs fletching. In both cases we are not talking about lightning and thunder. 

Offline ordindy1

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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2014, 01:17:00 PM »
For me it's a comfort thing. 35 deg. and rain NO. 50 deg. and rain yes.
The blood trail doesn't come into play for me because I am color blind. (Red, green, brown).
A blood trail looks the same to me rain or shine. (Nada)
I have never lost a deer do to loosing the blood trail in the rain.
I have to rely on the shot, where and when last seen, where and last heard, and tracking without blood. Only ever lost one deer so far and that was just a bad shot. Found her two days later.
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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2014, 08:41:20 PM »
Not in a downpour, but light rain yes.  Have worried a little about the loss of blood trails, but honestly have found that a little moisture can actually be a good thing, as it can cause little blood droplets to spread out & be more visible.  Obviously a hard rain would be a very different scenario.  As stated above, I try to steer clear of the lightning.  Had a close call with that one morning while turkey hunting - don't really want to tempt fate again.
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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2014, 04:15:22 AM »
like most folks here, only if it is a light rain...all my shots are close up and high average shots...and like ordinary1...I tend to watch the deer with my ears...knocking wood here, I have never lost a deer bow hunting...

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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2014, 05:55:56 AM »
Like many have stated already, during the rut and a light rain/mist I will be in the tree. For some reason that's seems to really get them going at this time of year. No downpours.

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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2014, 01:40:05 PM »
If I am at deer camp (several hours away), the weather is NOT going to stop me. I will however use a popup  blind. If it's pouring and I'm around my property, a nice football is in order.
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Re: bow hunting
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2014, 08:10:52 AM »
I will hunt in light rain, downpours are just too uncomfortable for me


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