Rainy days and turkeys

I’m guilty as charged. I’ve heard the raindrops on the roof and decided to turn off the alarm and drift off back to sleep.

What a mistake.

There’s a time in every hunter’s life where you are left with tough choices. Climb a gruesome hill. Cross some slippery rocks streamside. And, oh yes, hunt in the rain.

It can be unpopular for some to go outdoors among the raindrops. But if you are a turkey hunter, rain and especially fog, can be your friend. It’s been my experience that foggy and rainy days can send turkeys to fields for hours, and if you have the right decoy and sound, those toms will investigate.

I’ve also had dreary days where the gobbling never ends. Why is that? I have no idea.

During the first week of the Pennsylvania spring gobbler season we had plenty of overcast and rainy days. Some hunters stayed home and waited out the rain. Others did not, and came home with some dandy longbeards.

For me, I wasn’t as lucky, ¬†although last week was as entertaining as they come. The gobbles were plenty, but the shot opportunities were not, and I was forced to let one bird skirt me just outside of my shooting range.

Maybe next time I suppose, whether it be in the rain or sunshine. Whatever you do, don’t pass up the dreary days of spring. You just may enjoy the morning of a lifetime.



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