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What tricks for the rain?

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  1. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    Not a fan of hunting in the rain, but if I have the day off, and it is raining, I will likely be hunting...

    Talking to other members of my club, I was surprised at how few take any "extra" steps while in the rain outside of wearing a rain jacket.

    • I use a garbage bag to put my blind bag in, and that plastic bag stays on my gear bag for the walk in/out, and in the blind itself to keep things dry. Currently, I pull my bag out in a tub (Jr. JetSled), and it stays wrapped in the garbage bag the whole time.
    • Shells all get put in zip-lock bags.
    • Gun gets carried out to the blind in a thin "mud-case" to avoid getting saturated with water.
    • Extra (water-proof) hat goes in the blind bag, so when the wind blows off my hat, I have a spare.
    • Extra lens wipes for my glasses
    • My father cuts a garbage bag in half, and keeps it over his gun like a gun-pancho in the blind... Pulls it when he shoots... I find it too much of a pain, and it often ends up in the pond anyways.
    • Extra dry clothes in the truck to change into
    What are some of your tricks to reduce gear damage, clean-up time, or to remain more comfortable???
     
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  2. mak2782

    mak2782 Elite Refuge Member

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    no matter what, if gun gets soaked, take it out of case on truck ride home and it goes near a heater or fireplace upside down with action open to dry out. Then a quick 5 min clean with clp to get any spots water accumulated and dried.
     
  3. Specialbelly

    Specialbelly Senior Refuge Member

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    Thought it was ridiculous but tried the black nitrile gloves today. Kept my hands warmer and dry-ish (still kinda sweaty) but comfort level was much better than normal. Doesnt seem to affect duck calls but speck calling was off the table with them on.
     
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  4. JuvieCoot

    JuvieCoot Elite Refuge Member

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    Stay home. Hunting in rain is dumb.
     
  5. Dan Mallia

    Dan Mallia Elite Refuge Member

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    And you could save a life in the process.
     
  6. Wood-Dro

    Wood-Dro Elite Refuge Member

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    Hunting in the rain is wet, but it's far from dumb. Things are going to get wet, just going to have to dry them out. If the birds are flying I could not care less.
     
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  7. Brottboss

    Brottboss Elite Refuge Member

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    finally did the R of my R&D of my Sitka jacket, dry as a bone.
    Didn't rain much, but when it did I was comfy and dry.
     
  8. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    I will not argue that... I am too stupid to stay home if I have the option of hunting... Most likely the cognitive disorder DHCD (duck hunting cognitive disorder). They say I am fairly advance. Not looking for a cure at this time.
     
  9. JuvieCoot

    JuvieCoot Elite Refuge Member

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    Stay home save lives
     
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  10. NorCalDuckHntr

    NorCalDuckHntr New Member

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    The right gear is key. I would rather hunt in the worst weather. Your gun and shells can get wet it won't hurt them, wd40 or your preference for your gun. I douche mine down before every hunt. I sometimes hunt saltwater and my gun has minimal rust thru the season. I only transport my gun in case when in my boat during hunting.
    No disrespect but this is duck hunting not golf.
     
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