Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean you have to cancel your hunting plans. With the right preparation and tips you can still have an enjoyable and successful hunt.
Bowhunting In The Rain
- Always use a bow stringer to string your bow. Trying to string the bow by hand could injure your fingers or wrist.
- Keep a towel handy so that you can wipe off the excess water off your bow and arrow. This will prevent any issues when it’s time to take your shot.
- Be sure to put all your hunting gear in dry bags. This will prevent the equipment from getting water soaked and ruined during the hunt.
- Always keep yourself dry and warm. You can do this by wearing waterproof clothing and gloves, covering any exposed skin with a moisture barrier, and wearing rain boots. Keep a jacket or blanket in your tree stand if you feel cold at any time during the hunt.
- Be aware of how slippery it is especially if hunting from a tree stand. You may also need to use carabiners and a safety harness to secure yourself in your stand and not lose your balance.
- Even if it’s raining hard, make sure you stay attentive. Pay attention for any targets coming towards you such as bears, deer, and other big game animals from a distance which will cause them to walk right through the rain.
- Always carry a first aid kit with you when hunting in the rain. Slips and falls can happen and you want to be able to address it without ending your hunt.
- Use a ground blind instead of a tree stand to avoid climbing when it’s wet.
- A rain jacket is a must when hunting in the rain.
- Keep your bowstring properly waxed and lubricated to prevent them from getting water soaked and losing traction on the arrow.
- Check your bowstring periodically for frets and cracks and replace them all at once if needed. If your bowstring cracks, it’ll not only damage the bow itself but also cause other safety issues such as the string will break from the back of the bow, causing it to fall out of your hand or become unbalanced when shooting.
- Set up your rain gear before the rain starts and put it on as soon as the rain starts.
- If you’re going to hunt during a specific period of the year because that’s when the best game is around, such as in October or November, make sure you know what time that happens and keep your gear for that specific time of year in order to maintain your high-quality equipment.
Just because it’s raining outside doesn’t mean you have to cancel your hunting plans. With the right tips and preparations you can still have an enjoyable and successful hunt even when it’s wet outside.