Should a Bow Hunter Hunt Deer in the Rain?


As a bow hunter, is it smart to hunt deer in the rain?  I always question if it is worth hunting in the rain or not?

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Mike wearing a Forloh Solair Insect Shield Lightweight Hoodie. Posted by (Questions: 58, Answers: 60)
Asked on April 10, 2023 8:54 pm
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Hunting deer in the rain can be both advantageous and challenging for bow hunters. There are several factors to consider before deciding to hunt in rainy conditions.


  1. Reduced noise: Rain can help dampen the sound of your movements, making it easier for you to approach and stalk deer without being detected.
  2. Enhanced scent control: The moisture in the air can help dissipate your scent, making it less likely for deer to pick up on your presence.
  3. Increased deer movement: In light rain or just after rain, deer may be more active as they feel more secure, believing that predators have a harder time detecting them. This can create more opportunities for you to encounter deer during your hunt.


  1. Limited visibility: Heavy rain can reduce visibility, making it more difficult for you to spot deer and accurately judge the distance for a shot. Additionally, the rain can impact the flight of your arrow, potentially reducing accuracy.
  2. Wet equipment: Rain can make your bow and other equipment wet, which may cause issues with grip, string performance, or other components. It's essential to keep your gear as dry as possible to ensure optimal performance.
  3. Tracking challenges: Rain can wash away or dilute a blood trail, making it harder to track and recover a wounded deer. It's crucial to be confident in your shot placement and be prepared for potential tracking difficulties.

Hunting deer in the rain as a bow hunter can be a good strategy, but it comes with its challenges. If you decide to hunt in the rain, be prepared for the potential obstacles and take precautions to ensure the best possible outcome. Consider factors like the intensity of the rain and your level of experience before making the decision to head out in wet conditions.

I personally will not hunt in steady to heavy rain as I am concerned about making a bad shot and then not being able to track the deer effectively.  I would hate to lose a deer because of it and am willing to take the day off instead of making a mistake I'll regret.  Hunting right after a good rain can be one of the best hunts ever though as deer tend to be up on their feet and moving once a steady to heavy rain subsides.

Hunt smart.

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Mike wearing a Forloh Solair Insect Shield Lightweight Hoodie. Posted by (Questions: 58, Answers: 60)
Answered on April 10, 2023 9:00 pm