When it comes to duck hunting, we have to admit that weather matters a great deal. Seemingly inconsequential changes in outside conditions can greatly influence a hunter’s success. Do you know that light rain and wind is not likely to harm your hunting success? In fact, light rain and wind can even bring you additional chances. Surprised? Yes, we are not joking. At first, you might be thinking that ducks don’t like to fly in the rain and wind, but in reality, it’s not true. Have you ever heard such an impression as “ducky” weather. Generally, ducky weather means windy and rainy weather as ducks become less scared and start flying lower thinking that nobody could hunt for them in such bad weather.
Notably, if you are about to duck hunt, wind and precipitation can aid you, but you need to make sure you are well-prepared for hunting in the rain. And here we mean not only the proper camouflage, but you need to be well prepared. Mastering a few things can put plenty of birds in your bag. By the way, we’ve found an expert duck hunter who is going to share his 5 tactical secrets and the gear he uses to keep himself comfortable and wind and rain/wind protected.
So, let’s check what he has to share.
5 Top Tips To Duck Hunt In The Rain And Wind
Tip 1: Learn more about the birds’ weather-driven migration patterns, and determine their preferable places in different weather: check out where the ducks may be flying when it’s raining and spot where you can find them once the rain has stopped. Just for the record, rivers and lakes are excellent places to jump shoot ducks. But you can hardly expect a duck to fly somewhere over a big lake during the rain, but it is likely to fly around smaller bodies of water that have a good tree line blocking out at least some of the wind and rain. By the way, the Duckr application can tell you exactly which direction the wind is coming from so you can set up your blind correctly. Never again will you set up your blind facing the wrong way!
Tip 2: Consider investing in proper duck hunting gear to enjoy maximum, leak-proof protection. Typically, must have gear for duck hunting in the rain includes the following items: waterproof chest waders and a rain jacket, a fleece pullover, and weatherproof ultra light packable down vest, waterproof long boots, as well as balaklava,
along with gloves for cold rainy weather. Of course, there are several other items that duck hunters adore using, such as a pair of good binoculars, for instance.
Tip 3: Check the nearest weather forecast and remember that it’s only the rain that is good for duck hunting, but not thunderstorms. In a big scheme of things, go hunting it’s going to run but if a big storm is expected, it’s always better to stay at home.
Tip 4: Remember that ducks almost always fly into the wind. So it would be a wise move to place yourself where you have a shot at birds flying up or down the river. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Tip 5: Ensure you hunt from a ground blind where you can stay warm and dry. But still don’t forget to wear the proper weather suitable clothes.
Finally, here is one extra tip from our expert hunter: Try to be where the birds want to be, stay hidden and use decoys effectively.
Despite the popular misbelief that rain and wind prevent you from successful duck hunting, if properly prepared, they can be a hunter’s best-friend. As a matter of fact, hunting in the rain keeps ducks flying low, making your job even easier. Follow the tips we have mentioned above and you will have all chances to succeed.
Hey, do you think we have missed some important duck hunting in the rain tips? Don’t keep them secret, please do share them with us.
P.S. To avoid any duck hunting issues with your local authorities, don’t forget to get permission to hunt.
We wish you happy and result-bringing hunting!
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