After waiting for a whole year when you go deer hunting during prime season, a rainfall can crumble your dream of winning a trophy! Not only does the ground and camp get wet, but so do your dreams!
Hey, wait! Instead of packing up to go home, wait and see what happens during the rain! You will start to believe that this was a blessing in disguise.
Deer hunting becomes easier during rain for several reasons, so instead of assuming that rain will bring down your dreams-read on, and maybe you will be planning the next trip during the rains.
Deer movement during rain
Rain increases day time movement of deer, so hunters should benefit from this. Deer do not have homes where they can lie on the bed and watch the downpour from their window! They need to move around and look for food, or there is no meal for the day!
Deer movement during rain remains good, and the best thing is you might catch a lot of them up and about looking for food. Perhaps setting up a feeder and waiting for them to come when it rains is also a good idea.
However, whitetail deer might have improved movement during rain.
Deer have the metabolism to enable them to withstand cold temperature and rain, and their coat is also thick, so they don’t feel cold.
Where can I find deer during rain?
The truth is that deer activity does not change during the rain. Humans have believed that since we have a problem with staying outdoors during rain, all deer herds will too!
Deer do not move in herds, but they do have settlements, and you will see them up and about, looking for food during rain just like any other day.
All animals have a sharp sixth sense that allows them to assess if a storm is coming. Under poor weather conditions, deer feed actively before the storm as they might not get a chance to move around during the storm.
However, the bedding areas of deer do not remain full during seasonal rains.
Hunting tactics changing during rain
Now we know that deer move around during rain and resume their daily life normally. This might allow you to spot deer even more frequently, but what about your chances to hit the target and bring down a wet deer?
During rain, hunters will have to change their tactics to improve the chances of shooting on target. Wind, rain, and the visibility factor change the game for even the most seasoned hunters.
For every strike, you will need to assess the wind direction, rain intensity, and of course, you will need a better bow sight too!
Compound bow hunters must keep a rangefinder, binoculars, and a keen eye to spot deer, take aim and then shoot for success.
What happens to deer during rain?
Deer become more vulnerable during rain. This is the simple answer to the question, and there are many reasons why! Firstly the pitter-patter from the rain will make deer less alert or suspicious towards any noise made at the hunters’ camps. The clicks, ticks, and light movements become undetectable by an intuitive animal-like whitetail deer.
Moreover, deer lose their sense of smell considerably. The presence of humans in the area might become undetectable as their sense of smell and hearing are compromised.
Just as the heavy downpour keeps you from spotting the animals, deer also have difficulty spotting you! On the contrary, light rain may only dampen the ground and dried leaves.
This dampening results in providing a silent ground for deer, and hunters might not be able to hear them move around too!
Rainy season comes with an advantage-disadvantage deal. It is a good thing for you if you can maximize the advantages like deer’s compromised sense of smell.
However, if you maximize the disadvantage of hearing their movements or the inability to see them, that can turn the story around!
Deer can move during rains as they don’t stay in houses or undercover, but there are many things to consider while hunting deer.
Many hunters believe rain is a good time to hunt, and yes, it can be, only if you follow a few things correctly and make sure that you play the advantages of rain rather than the disadvantages.