How to Prepare For Rain – The Easy Way
Do you hunt in the rain?
It is even more fun because deer are very active before or after a storm and during light showers. If you want to get the most out of your hunting, try hunting during light rain as the deer are looking for food and shelter.
Again, when you hunt in the rain, your body scent/odor is masked, and the deer cannot mark you from a distance. Yet, it is easier to move through the woods when it rains. The rains will reduce noise in the forest, and this makes it easier for you to hunt.
However, when it rains, and you were not prepared, you might have to stay in your camp all day and go home the following day without meat. When you are well prepared, you will find it easier to hunt as you will have more deer moving up and about.
Get the right rain gear
Even if you have the right rifle or bow and arrow, but you do not have the right clothes for the rain, you will still not find success in hunting any game.
For starters, get a waterproof outer layer. This can be a light waterproof raincoat that does not make sounds when you are walking and is light enough to be folded into your backpack when it stops raining. The raincoat will keep you warm and dry, but if it keeps causing a ruckus by making funny sounds, then you have no need being warm and dry.
Rubber boots are great in the woods, whether it is raining or it is dry. During the rainy season, rubber boots will keep you warm and dry and will have the right traction to ensure you do not slip and fall. Boots with a waterproof coverage at the sole are great when you need to walk in shallow streams.
Dry clothes and dry towels
When you walk in the rain, even with a raincoat, you are bound to get wet, and when that happens, you will need dry clothes and a towel. A hand towel kept in your pack will also come in handy for drying your hands when you need to shoot.
Waterproofing Spray and Waterproof Bag
Because not all your hunting or hiking gear is waterproof , you might need to apply some spray. The spray should be used when the gear is completely dry to ensure maximum effectiveness. Sometimes, you can also apply wax on your gear, but it might not be as effective as the spray.
Waterproof bags are great when you have electronics that need to be shielded from the rain. If you have a camera, for instance, you need to shield it from the rain to keep it functioning.
Get Your Hunting Gear Ready
If you are not used to the rains, hunting might be a challenge for you when it rains. As such, you need to ensure that your hunting weapons are ready. Not only should you ensure that your weapons are cleaned and in working conditions, but you should also practice shooting in the rain.
Head to the woods when light showers of rain start falling and practice to shoot in the rain. When using a bow and arrow, ensure they are in tip-top shape and that you can shoot in the rain with them.
Find a Good Camping Spot
Before the rains start, it is crucial to find a good camping and hunting spot. Though the deer will likely come out when it rains, you might be stuck on their paths for hours waiting for them to show. At such times, you inevitably stay comfortable.
A good camping spot should be an area that is not likely to flood and where you are safe. A good hunting spot should be near a watering hole where deer are likely to graze and drink from. If you have a map and you understand the migration and movements of deer, it will be easier choosing a camping spot.
Do not forget other accessories and items
You might get so prepared for the rain and forget other hunting accessories such as maps and compass, knives, a flashlight, a small axe for chopping wood, clean drinking water, and food rations to survive you through the hunting period. One way to ensure you do not forget anything is to make a packing list before the trip. If you had a list from your last year’s expedition, you would only need to update it to fit the rain season.