Hunting turkeys in the rain
Hunting turkeys in the rain can mean a slight change in plans. They typically utilize the same locations you have been finding sign and seeing them, but they tend to use open field areas more frequently. The reasons are simple, and revolve around safety.
Turkeys in the rain head for the fields
We have all been in the woods when it rains, and one thing you remember is the noise those raindrops make on the leaves. That little pitter patter that we find find to be a pleasant sound renders a fall turkeys sense of hearing ineffective. When a turkey can’t hear danger coming, it heads for the relative safety of an open field so it can use it’s eyes as a primary line of defense. The woods become a dangerous place when those fall turkeys can not hear an ambush coming until it is too late.
Turkeys in the rain have trouble getting off the ground to fly
In a severe downpour or extended periods of rain, a thoroughly soaked turkey may have trouble flying. A turkeys feathers do not have the water shedding ability of ducks and geese, and as they get wet they become heavy, and less effective as flying tools. If a turkey has trouble getting off the ground it must use it’s legs to avoid predation. The field becomes a safer place as the birds can see danger from a distance and safely avoid a predator by running instead of flying away. Turkeys in the rain run from danger.
Field edges are your best bet when hunting fall turkeys in the rain. If you see a group of birds using a specific field edge when it is raining, you can bet they will frequent it the next time it rains, and it’s a great place to plan an ambush in the comfort of a nice dry ground blind. Hunting turkeys in the rain is far from my favorite, but if you get after them, head for the fields.