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Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Cornpile, Oct 31, 2018.
just at 4 behind the house in a pouring rain,about 500 yard photo
I went to lunch today at noon in Jefferson County...Jtown in fact..saw 4 bucks pushing a doe all over a field..one was at least a 140+
One of the largest bucks I seen in Indiana was crossing a weed field during a frog drowning downpour one afternoon with me hunkered down trying to out wait it on my way to my favorite tree to hunt from with my old Baker treestand over my head to ward off the rain and bow laying on the ground beside me.
Before the farm I hunted on sold a few years ago.... My favorite set up was a blind up on top of a platform on a set of scaffolding on a pond dam overlooking several grown up fields in the rain!!! I killed a really nice buck one morning while it was pouring. Had to wait over an hour for the rain to slow down to go check him out. This farm was also across the rolling fork river which was rising due to the rain.. Made for an adventure driving through it on the way out. Hunted that set every time it rained during rifle season.
I hunt every rainy day. period. Ive killed just as many good deer in the rain / foul weather as I have on an "ideal" day. Even killed one during a lightning storm. During the post rut.
The biggest buck I ever seen was making a scrape in front of my brothers house in a rain storm about 4 years ago.
My father told me along time ago, that the rain is your best friend during the pre rut and rut. everything is wet and every doe that is in pre estrous and estrous will leave their sent everywhere they walk and the bucks will follow that scent trail.
I hear what you are all saying about the rain possibly increasing the chances for that elusive big one and I am in the camp of believing that is true. However, I can't convince myself to bow hunt in the rain due to the increased potential of losing the blood trail and thus losing that deer. I have and will continue to gun hunt in a rain due to the better odds of that animal dying within sight.