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Squirrel hunting in the rain. Would you go?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by king catfish, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. king catfish

    king catfish squirrelwhacker

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    I want to go squirrel hunting in the morning, but the forecast is rain I do not know how heavily it will be raining. I have comfortable waterproof gear, and this will be my last Saturday free before the semester ends.

    Will it be a waste of time? In your experience, will there be at least some squirrels out, provided it does not rain too heavily? It will be about 40 degrees.

    Let me know what you think.
     
  2. noway

    noway

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    yes and no, I would go and hope the rain stops but hunting in the rain will almost gurantee you getting wet and few to no squirrel taken.

    It also depends on what type of rain we are talkin about, pouring down rain or light off/on drizzle. I find it hard to spot any squirrels in either of the one but they will come out after the rain had cease.
     

  3. punkture

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    I think this aspect would be the deal-breaker for me. The last time I went squirrel hunting this season (I stopped when deer season started) it was raining moderately heavily off and on. I only killed two squirrels, but I was in the woods and thats all the justification I need.
     
  4. agalb

    agalb COD4!!!

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    +1
     
  5. king catfish

    king catfish squirrelwhacker

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    I'm glad I took your collective advice. I got two squirrels and had a nice relaxing time.

    I awoke at 5:30 to find a downpour, so I went back to bed for an hour and found a light drizzle. I hunted until 11:00 in an intermittent drizzle. It was unseasonably warm with a cold front coming in fast, and the squirrels were very active.

    I got one sitting and one stalking (that puts me at 14 for the season). The wet leaves allowed me to get within 50 paces of an unwary squirrel that volunteered for the game bag. The one I hit sitting was about 60 paces away (used shooting sticks).
     
  6. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    Been there done that, before goretex.

    It may not have been my spartest decison.
    Sometimes you are better off staying at home doing something else.
     
  7. vafish

    vafish

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    Even a bad day hunting is better than a good day at work (or school).

    Good choice.
     
  8. GeorgiaGlockMan

    GeorgiaGlockMan Aggie in Exile.

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    Good choice.

    The only time I let rain effect my hunting plans is when there is lightning with the rain.

    Other than that I think a little rain can be good when hunting.

    Like others said if it lets up the animals will start moving again.