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lizziedog1
December 3, 2011, 11:00 PM
Is there any kind of weather you refuse to hunt in? Or do you go out no matter what? Do you have a weather preference?

The only thing that keeps me form going out is extreme wind. Once in awhile we get some nasty wind storms around here. They usually kick up so much dust that you couldn't see anything to shoot anyway.

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Tim the student
December 4, 2011, 12:35 AM
I don't really care to hunt in rain. Usually its too cold here for that when I'm hunting though.

Shadow 7D
December 4, 2011, 02:18 AM
I'm with Tim, too much time spent wet and cold in the muck to really enjoy it,
if you are prepared, you are safe and don't suck as much, but you are going to suck, unlike some dry cold.

jmr40
December 4, 2011, 06:06 AM
I may not enjoy it as much, but I've never let any weather stop me. Deer or turkey hunting in a heavy rain is probably a waste of time, but during a light rain seems to be one of the best time to be hunting them. The worse the weather, the better the hunting with waterfowl.

In Sweeden they have some of the worst weather on the planet, yet they spend more time outdoors than any other country. They have a saying, "There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes". If you are prepared with proper geat you can do just fine.

Double Naught Spy
December 4, 2011, 08:11 AM
I won't leave the stand if it starts to sprinkle so long as it isn't enough to soak through and make me cold. I won't go to the stand if showers are predicted for when I want to be there.

I did manage to sit for hogs last night between storms. That worked out pretty well except no animals showed up.

I like the Swedish saying. It really conveys a lot.

lizziedog1
December 4, 2011, 08:35 AM
We hardly get any rain around here. A bit of snow now and than, but not much of that either.

I actually like hunting in the snow. I prefer it over rain.

retrieverman
December 4, 2011, 09:02 AM
In my youth, there was no weather condition that could keep me out of the woods, but now, I pretty much refuse to hunt in the rain. I guess I am just not as mad at the deer as I used to be.:o

MCgunner
December 4, 2011, 09:05 AM
Low ceiling, foggy or perhaps windy....goose hunting. Clear, high clouds, but no low ceiling, duck hunting. Deer about any time, but I don't care much for long rainy days.

buck460XVR
December 4, 2011, 09:16 AM
Some of my best deer and turkey hunting has come during periods of light to moderate rain or immediately after a period of heavy rain has stopped. It's almost like they know most hunters have gone home. For hunting deer in foul weather that would fog/obscure scopes, I use guns with only irons.

unklechuckles19
December 4, 2011, 09:33 AM
Deer Hunting: If I'm in the stand and it starts to sprinkle or spotty shower, I'll most likely stick around. If it's raining, or I check the radar and steady rain showers are in the forecast for the day I'll go back to sleep. I do however, love to hunt in the snow, and I really like to take the flintlock for a walk just after a fresh snowfall.

Turkey Hunting: As long as it's not pouring rain again, I'll go hunt.

Can't kill em' if you're in bed (at least in my bed, I don't have any windows in my basement)

Ankeny
December 4, 2011, 01:08 PM
I used to hunt in some pretty horrible weather, but not anymore. I guess I am either older and wiser or older and softer. Maybe both. Then again, I still call coyotes when it's -20 and colder as long as there isn't wind. But in that case I am only out for 30 minutes at a time before I hide under the heater in my truck.

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 4, 2011, 04:32 PM
Cold- You will see me out there. Cold+Snow on the ground-You will still see me out there and with a BIG smile too! Just before a front moves in and just after one moves out- Yep, you guessed it, I'm out there. During a heavy rain or snowfall, nope, I'm snuggled up in my nice warm bed and dreaming of when that front moves out and those deer come out of their beds!

When it's really cold, deer have to get up more and feed and water to stay warm. Killed a lot of late season deer in the middle of the day when it was super cold.

Rembrandt
December 4, 2011, 05:01 PM
Have hunted about everything nature can dish out. Worst cold conditions were -50 below wind chill factor. Not always the case, but found that the biggest critters taken were generally in the worst weather conditions.

Got one of my biggest bucks ever several weeks ago with ten inches of snow and power outages for two days.

10 year old grand daughter and I sat in the rain/sleet/cold for six hours yesterday to get her first buck.....one tough little girl. We were soaked from head to toe, an experience we'll both remember for years to come.

sixgunner455
December 4, 2011, 05:20 PM
I've hunted in some bad weather, but I don't hunt to be miserable or unhappy. If it's too cold, too windy, too wet, or too foggy to get anything useful done, I'll probably go reload or build some leather or something instead.

Legionnaire
December 4, 2011, 05:54 PM
In my experience, I don't see much game in heavy rain or high wind. I'll go out in any temperature, in light to moderate (intermittent) rain, and low to moderate breezes. Saw a poster in Alaska that read, "There is no such thing as bad weather; only inappropriate clothing." Good rain gear and warm, layered clothing make a world of difference!

MCgunner
December 4, 2011, 08:33 PM
For hunting deer in foul weather that would fog/obscure scopes, I use guns with only irons.

http://www.butlercreek.com/products/scope_covers.html

kbbailey
December 4, 2011, 09:09 PM
Since Illinois only has 7 days of gun season, I will be hunting no matter what the weather does. I have an old 6'X5' section of canvas tarp that I roll up and bring along on rainy days. (I used it today). With a little ingenuity, you can make a quick shelter. A little shelter and some coffee can keep you in the woods after everyone else has gone home. I watched 22 deer from my little improvised camp today.

MachIVshooter
December 4, 2011, 09:57 PM
Here in the rockies, heavy snow and high winds are the issue. The snow, however, brings the animals down lower and lulls them into a sense of security. Of course, visibility for you sucks, too.

The only time we call it is when the snowfall is heavy and fast enough that the trucks might not get back to camp. Lockers, chains and winches will get you through a lot, but a true blizzard on the mountain has killed many an outdoorsman.

Double Naught Spy
December 4, 2011, 10:22 PM
Alright, tried again this evening. Spent about three hours in the stand with occasional sprinkles and then the solid drizzle started and water was pooling in the folds of my clothing. It was also 38 degrees. Between those factors and only having seen 2 foxes and a bunch of tweety birds, it was time to go home.

Flintknapper
December 5, 2011, 05:19 PM
retrieverman wrote:


In my youth, there was no weather condition that could keep me out of the woods, but now, I pretty much refuse to hunt in the rain. I guess I am just not as mad at the deer as I used to be.

Same here. I could be out on a stand right now (cold, steady drizzling rain all day), but instead elected to do some house chores and keep a fire going for the Dachshunds.

Once it blows through...will be another matter though.

I actually battle the other end of the spectrum more (extreme HEAT) when hunting hogs in the summer months.

CoRoMo
December 5, 2011, 05:32 PM
If stuff is blowing around to the point that I can't see well enough to hunt, I'll sit out.

I like the cold though. And rain doesn't bother me too much.

I hate the heat, so a blistering hot day will not find me climbing mountains with a heavy load. If elk season were in the first part of August, I'd never know what it was like.

Freedom_fighter_in_IL
December 5, 2011, 05:41 PM
I hate the heat, so a blistering hot day will not find me climbing mountains with a heavy load. If elk season were in the first part of August, I'd never know what it was like.

Been on MANY early archery elk/deer hunts where you can BET I lost several pounds from sweating. No more of that for me either CoRoMo. I'm just getting too damn old!

d2wing
December 5, 2011, 06:04 PM
I'm in Minnesota, I used to ignore the weather no matter how cold nasty and deep the snow. We take pride in that here. But no more. If the wind chill is more that -15 I don't go out anymore. Also deep snow can stop me. I can get there with skis or snowshoes but it's hard to hunt that way if you have to shoot while moving, like at birds. I like a good snow cover for deer hunting.

MtnCreek
December 5, 2011, 06:21 PM
About 15 years ago, the walnuts were larger than softballs. Softball+ size walnut from 60 ft, you do the mathÖ I stayed out of the woods till the walnuts had fallen.

Heavy winds. Where I lived, it was not uncommon to have 60+ mph gusts and it was just too dangerous to be in the woods.

Extreme cold (for the South anyway). I was sitting on the side of a ridge overlooking a deep hollar early one morning; temps were about -10. I watched 2 poplars bust about 2/3 up the trees. I heard a couple more bust as I hightailed it out of there.

Seems Iím scared of something falling on me.:)

lizziedog1
December 5, 2011, 06:22 PM
Write now we are going through a cold spell. Mornings are starting off in single digit temperatures. But, no wind and the sun is out, nice and bright. Not too bad. Espically if you wear dark clothing.

The problem here is the humidity, or rather, the lack of it. It is cold, but very, very dry. You have to use skin lotion if you don't want to look like some sort of swamp creature.

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