Turkey In The RainContributors to this thread:
Charlie Rehor 23-Apr-23
Steve Leffler 23-Apr-23
What has your experience been with hunting turkey in the rain?
Light rain is excellent.
find the open fields,,,,, the turkeys will be there
And yes, they will feel most comfortable in open fields.
Makes for lousy hero pics.
From: Charlie Rehor
Should be a great opener tomorrow in Massachusetts. Good luck.
Just wait for a nice day. More gobbles. More movement. More fun.
Few days I don't have turkeys on my property. especially during light to moderate rain. Yesterday no exception, several strutting gobblers pestering a number of hens.
You'll get wet. Other than that, it's turkey hunting.
They do come down in the rain. It was raining light and dark. I was in the woods in a cypress pine river swamp, and just inside the upland. I was waiting a few more minutes before I started a few tree yelps. I thought with the dark they would stay in the roost a bit longer. Not so. I saw a bird 60 yards, right to left right at sunrise. I had not yet made a sound. When he did, there was a cacophony of yelps, clucks and cackles beyond the bird. Where those hens went, I do not not know. But, they left, and it was just him and me. The story is longer than what it's worth, but after working the bird for about 15-20 minutes, I eventually got a shot and killed it. Midwest is right, a wet bird is hard to make pretty. I would not change my initial strategy. I may look for open areas later in the morning.
From: Steve Leffler
My experience is they gobble less but still come. A light rain is excellent. Heavy rain usually good time to sleep in and maybe go mid morning if that is an option for you.
My favorite time to hunt them is a light rain. They’ll be in openings and fields every time