Brrrrrrr I should've bought long johns. Nothing but blue jays this chilly opening day. Drove in at 5am and saw 6 doe in the corn field heading to the apple trees. I hear rustling. Get excited. Squeak squeak mr gray squirrel.
-------------------- Hoyt Game Master TD Recurve- 48#'s @ 28"
From time to time I have to remind myself to keep hunting fun. Bow season is very long in my neck of the woods. I don't hunt in the rain. I say it's because I don't want to lose a blood-trail, and I don't. However, both kills last year dropped in sight-- I didn't need a blood trail. But, things can go bad, the deer runs out of sight and makes a couple sharp, unexpected turns. I need the blood trail. My main reason for staying out of the rain is the fun-thing.
I believe (maybe because I expect this) deer are less likely to move when the wind is abnormally heavy, masking sound and movement deer need to spot trouble. If the wind is greater than 15 MPH, rain or threat of same, I punt. Of course 15 mph is dead calm for mid-Kansas!
-------------------- If the mind wanders, so too will the arrow.
Member of various archery organizations. Posts: 3849 | From: Kentucky | Registered: Jan 2004
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Today was opening day here in PA. Rain, 40 degrees, I stayed home. I have six weeks left, don't have to be miserable this early.
-------------------- There is no great fun, satisfaction, or joy derived from doing something that's easy. Coach John Wooden Posts: 1063 | From: Meyersdale, Pennsylvania | Registered: Apr 2003
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Lightning will get me down and out of there quick... In Southernmost IL you can normally expect warm days through Oct amd even into Nov. I am not crazy about that due to working the meat and bugs. I like to hang mine for at least a week. I did have a cooler set up but its gone now. We have a looooong season.
I generally dont even start to hunt until Nov. However, yesterday, our opening day the high was about 65 with some wind. Got out for a bit and saw some deer. Nothing I wanted to shoot. I will likely sit a stand this afternoon.
I am not a fan of moderate to heavy rain for the reasons others have posted. Plus, I just don't like getting wet any more. I will hunt in a mist as it quiets your movements. Also, I have sets of arrows for each of my bows that are done with goose feathers so thats not a big problem.
Cold has become a problem for me since my heart work. Was a time I could hang with the best. Now I look at daily tempa and select my clothes, especially gloves, more carefully.
-------------------- Bruce A. Hering Program Coordinator/Instructor Shotgun Team Coach ACUI 2011 Div. I National Champions SCTP 2011 Collegiate Division National Champions Game Preserve/Shooting Complex Mg Southeastern Illinois College NSCA Level III Instructor Posts: 1842 | From: Illinois, Southernmost | Registered: Nov 2004
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