Tips for Hunting Deer in the Rain

The last thing you want to do when you get set up in your deer stand with your rifle ready is to turn around and go home. Yet many hunters mistakenly believe that they cannot hunt when the rain starts pouring down, and they bail out at the first sign of a thunderhead above. Naturally, you don’t want to be in a tree stand—or in the middle of a grassy field, for that matter—when it’s thundering and lightening above. However, a little rain never hurt a determined deer hunter.

Hunting deer in the rain requires that you prepare in advance, which means not believing everything you hear on the Weather channel. Just because rain isn’t predicted doesn’t mean that morning mist can’t surprise you, so make sure you always have rain gear in your vehicle for such an occurrence. Even if you don’t mind hunting deer in the rain, you don’t want to make yourself sick.

A wide-brimmed hat is definitely a necessity, and make sure it is weatherproof before you purchase it. My favorite brand is Gore-Tex, but these hats can get expensive, and most outdoor stores have their own brands that work just as well. You’ll also need a jacket or bib that is weatherproof while still providing breathable material, and boots with thick tread and slip-resistant soles.

Once you’re geared up for hunting deer in the rain, you’ll still need to take into consideration the weather conditions before getting up in your stand. There can be purchasing of the binoculars for birding in the rainy season. The reviews of the binoculars for the birds should be checked through the hunters for the purchase.

Slipping is a common problem. Wet leaves and mud make an excellent combination for slipping, which is the main reason why hunting deer in the rain can be dangerous. Make sure to plant each footfall carefully, and wipe off your feet before climbing into the stand. Slow and steady will always be beneficial for this purpose, so don’t rush even if you think you’re late getting started.

Use lighted bows. When bowhunting deer in the rain, use lighted bows to make sure you can see the trajectory of your arrow. It is often difficult to discern where to look for your deer (and bow) when the sun is hidden behind dark clouds. Don’t assume you’ll be able to track your deer easily because rain will obscure many of the blood droplets that might have fallen.

Hunt with a buddy. Hunting deer in the rain is more dangerous in general than hunting on a sunny, clear day, so bring a buddy along with you for added safety. This ensures that if something were to happen, your friend can assist you (or you can assist him) rather than waiting for someone to find you. It just makes good sense.

Use anti-moisture agents. Whether hunting with a rifle or a bow, make sure you purchase an anti-moisture agent to spread on the metal areas of your equipment to prevent rust from forming. Even a few hours of hunting deer in the rain can ruin your favorite weapon of choice, which can certainly be a costly mistake.