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post Apr 23 2013, 10:35 PM
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I'm hunting rural IN. Small ag crops in the area I hunt with more woods than anything else. Tomorrow is opening day, and it's supposed to be nasty. Unfortunately, tomorrow is about the only day all week I can hunt so...I just need some advice. Birds are scarce to begin with, and having it rain will only make it more difficult. I'm wanting to go, and planning on going, but a little help with those who have similar scenarios can't hurt!


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post Apr 24 2013, 12:27 AM
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As I'm sure some will say I mainly hunt the fields in the rain. Little woods present back home though, mainly creek and river bottom. I think the birds stay on the roost longer but head for the fields once they hit the ground (just my opinion). Good weather or poor weather I hunt where I see or have seen birds. I hunt a lot of brome, bean, and corn stubble fields and blue skies, thunderstorms, or snow flurries I see birds following their same day to day routine.


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post Apr 24 2013, 01:01 AM
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If you can, take a ground blind, it will make it alot more comfortable. I tend to stick with pasture and places with grass or decent hard ground. I like the field idea, but it doesn't take much rain to be in up to your knees in mud. The weather here has been pretty off and on lately and I have spent more time in the draws, creek bottoms and places with decent hard ground. Seems quieter down there. Honestly speaking though, we hunted a solid day in the rain and only came across two jakes. Rain hunting is tough hunting. Seems like the day after is always excelent.


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post Apr 24 2013, 02:19 AM
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Yea. Throw in 18 mph winds and 38 degrees...might sit this one out dry.gif


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post Apr 24 2013, 03:46 AM
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Lol.. Man, we did it on our opening day, but only because I had a close friend fly 1000 miles from Atlanta to hunt. It sucked, but it was better than going to work and atleast we tried. If it had been just me, I would have sat it out. I will say that 2 days later, I called up 3 longbeards with 2 shot opportunities. Sit the rainy day out, go back and hunt the following 2 days and I bet you bag a big one. wink.gif


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post Apr 24 2013, 04:38 AM
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If i could only go one time that week i would just put up with it and hunt. I have killed birds on bad weather before and they still do what they do. Oh and if its thundering that makes it even better becouse they gobble there heads off! Call me crazy but i would rather hunt in a thunder storm then a cold or windy sunny day.


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post Apr 24 2013, 11:31 AM
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It's certainly worth a shot Kyle. I hope you got up to hunt. Find a field that they are using and hang tight. Good luck.


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post Apr 24 2013, 02:24 PM
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Sat it out...I will be able to sneak away tomorrow (Sunny and warmer) mid morning so I'm hopeful....and dry/warm currently!


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post Apr 24 2013, 05:00 PM
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I love hunting rainy day gobblers! For one most turkey hunters do not like rainy days,and that means all the more birds for me to hunt! Here in the northeast,i find the birds stay in thick pines,or sheltered fields,where they get some protection from the elements,but as soon as the rain stops and it becomes a little clearer out the birds do tend to go to the fields to sun and dry off! However in heavy rains I have seen toms and hens out in the middle of a field just hunkered down,waiting out the storm,because of all the noise the rain makes in the woods they get a little jumpy and feel safer out in the middle of a field,that is my opinion only,I do not know if that is actually the reason,they may just be out there to get a bath too?LOL


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post Apr 25 2013, 02:56 AM
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When hunting in the nasty weather, I like fields. However if none are available, I find a good hardwoods bottom that is surrounded by thick pines or brush. Turkeys will get in the thick stuff in the heavy rain and then sneak out into the bottom to strut when it lets up. If it thunders, be listening, it will make them act crazy.........


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