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Discussion in 'Upland Game hunting, Dogs and dog training' started by ducker, Sep 11, 2010.
just woundering heading up for the opener next week suposed to be rainy I'm new to the grouse woods!
lot of rain bad a little rain can help the dog sent
If its light drizzle, hunt your usual cover. If its a steady rain, I like to hunt conifers boardering scrub oaks.
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Last year we had a weekend with two days of rain... It stopped Sunday morning about mid-morning. Had camp packed up and we were heading home. Stopped in a decent spot and put two dogs down. The birds were all over the place. They were starving. We knocked the **** outta them... Good dog work too.
Me personally, I will sit and wait out the rain and get after them when it stops.
We hunted mixed covers with a good amount of Pines. Those buggers were waiting out the storms/rain in dem dar pines...
Early season rain help keep the dogs cool and hydrated. Get some good rain gear. A coyboy hat with a wide brim helps keep the water from running down your neck. I love to hunt in a light drizzle. a litttle wind and rain also seems to make the birds hold a bit more. Good luck.
Rain is a huge benefit.....when it stops.
Well it causes me to get wet, my gun to possibly rust and my glasses to steam up.
As for the dog(s).....heck they don't care; prob cools them.
As for birds; i have not had that good of luck when its raining; but have had good luck prior to and after the rain.
I would pressume that the rain would get the woodies out and moving around looking for worms in locations that are usually a bit dry...higher ground.
Apart from the rain, with this dry hot summer I see a lot of trees dropping leaves already, cotton wood behind my place have dropped 100% already, other softwoods are yellow and dropping too. Should make early season shooting easier...or so i hope.
If you're looking for where to actually find them in the rain The Upland Hunter just rolled out a pretty decent article on it here: https://theuplandhunter.com/ruffed-grouse-hunting-rain/
It doesn't cover absolutely everything, but it gives you a general idea of what to look for when it is wet out there!
They come down from the roost a little later,there wet,fly just as fast,and still taste great!!lol
Have always enjoyed a light drizzle to blue bird day! And me dogs do as well.
I avoid downpours, but love hunting in a light rain. Right after a rain, grouse do tend to get out in the sun to dry their wings and feed, and that can make great opportunities--so, I like to sit in my truck or cabin and wait for that moment when the rain lets up, and I get out there right away. What folks said above regarding it delaying the time for them to get down from the roost, as well as them spending more time in conifers, are both things I have also noticed about grouse hunting in the rain.
The thing I love about grouse hunting, is I can watch it rain and head out right when the rain lets up and have a nice hunt. Unlike duck hunting where I have to wake up at 3am, trailer the rig, set the deeks, get soaking wet and muddy and pull everything up late morning and have a mess to clean up all afternoon. Grouse hunting is more of a walk in the woods.
I gave up duck hunting 7 years ago, put a deposit on one of those German dogs and then became really happy 7 years when she pointed her first Rooster!!
Added another German dog 2 years ago, life is good!!
Back to the question at hand I agree with Lamarsh, light rain has been good to me in all aspects of bird hunting. Its great for the dogs and the birds, from what I've witnessed, seem to take a bit more pressure. They don't wanna go to flight as quick which sometimes helps my dogs. At times mine put too much pressure on the birds
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