Hunting turkeys in the rain is tough.
Turkey hunting is poor in heavy rain. Hunting turkeys in the rain can be okay in a light mist, but not the heavy stuff. The birds are neither vocal nor active, so there’s really no reason to get out there and get drenched. But say one morning a low front passes through. The sky brightens and the sun pops out after a night of downpours or storms. Hit the woods! In the spring many toms start gobbling for hens. And in the fall flocks begin to move around and feed.
If it’s misty, foggy or raining lightly put on a rain jacket and go hunting. Some toms gobble great on gray days.
On rainy mornings in the spring turkeys tend to stay in their roost trees longer than normal. I’ve called to gobblers that didn’t fly down until 7:30 or even 8:00 a.m. Same thing in the fall, flocks linger in trees well after first light. Keep this in mind as you walk around and call.
Forget about using wooden box calls or natural slates with wooden pegs-they won’t ring true on rainy or misty days. Use a diaphragm or an aluminum or glass pot with a carbon striker. Of course diaphragm or tube calls work okay.
Hunting turkeys in the rain takes patience
Hunting turkeys in the rain is a lot more like hunting deer. Figure the pattern and wait them out. Bring a book and a pillow if you like.
Hunting turkeys in the rain is not for everyone
I won’t do it. If it starts to rain, I head home. I like to be back in the blind before it stops, but for me hunting turkeys in the rain is a no go.