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Would you go big game hunting on the opening day of the season, if there were thunder, lightning and rain? Would you immediately leave the woods, if all three listed above, rolled in while in your tree stand or stalking game?

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  • Would you go big game hunting on the opening day of the season, if there were thunder, lightning and rain? Would you immediately leave the woods, if all three listed above, rolled in while in your tree stand or stalking game?

    Would you go big game hunting on the opening day of the season, if there were thunder, lightning and rain? Would you immediately leave the woods, if all three listed above, rolled in while in your tree stand or stalking game?

  • #2
    I probably wouldn't head into the woods during a thunderstorm.
    However, if a storm rolls in while I'm out, considering how quickly the thunderheads normally pass, I tend to just hunker down and wait it out. Most times by the time I got out of the woods it'd be over.
    I've had some uncomfortable moments fishing with pop-up storms where getting to the nearest bank in a hurry or riding it out on a small island has happened. Alternative is to try to run for it, then be out in the open on the water.

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    • #3
      I probably would not start out in a storm but have been caught out in one lots of times.
      One I remember we were paddling the Au Sable River from Grayling, Michigan and got caught. We went about 30 miles in a Thunder/Lightening storm. I think the storm was moving along with us. Could not stop and get out because we would have been under trees and did not want that.

      Twice I have been close to lightening: once was on a lake in the Finger Lakes, N.Y. We were about 1/2 mile from shore, stationary.
      A bolt of lightening hit the water about 25' behind the boat. Started the motor and raced for an empty boat house - didn't even take time to pull the lines in until we got to cover.

      The second was driving in the high speed lane, 60mph, next to a grass median. Window down and my arm out a bolt struck the grass right next to me. Singed the hair on my arm and I could not hear for several minutes. BANG!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
        I probably would not start out in a storm but have been caught out in one lots of times.
        One I remember we were paddling the Au Sable River from Grayling, Michigan and got caught. We went about 30 miles in a Thunder/Lightening storm. I think the storm was moving along with us. Could not stop and get out because we would have been under trees and did not want that.

        Twice I have been close to lightening: once was on a lake in the Finger Lakes, N.Y. We were about 1/2 mile from shore, stationary.
        A bolt of lightening hit the water about 25' behind the boat. Started the motor and raced for an empty boat house - didn't even take time to pull the lines in until we got to cover.

        The second was driving in the high speed lane, 60mph, next to a grass median. Window down and my arm out a bolt struck the grass right next to me. Singed the hair on my arm and I could not hear for several minutes. BANG!
        That's a fun trip!

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        • #5
          Yup. I don't hunt from a tree when it is but, I have been there done that. If the storm isn't too bad, it doesn't seem to bother the deer at all.

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          • #6
            As others have said, I would not head out during a thunderstorm, but if I am already out there, I would probably ride out, esp. if I am sitting snug in my pop-up blind.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post
              I probably would not start out in a storm but have been caught out in one lots of times.
              One I remember we were paddling the Au Sable River from Grayling, Michigan and got caught. We went about 30 miles in a Thunder/Lightening storm. I think the storm was moving along with us. Could not stop and get out because we would have been under trees and did not want that.

              Twice I have been close to lightening: once was on a lake in the Finger Lakes, N.Y. We were about 1/2 mile from shore, stationary.
              A bolt of lightening hit the water about 25' behind the boat. Started the motor and raced for an empty boat house - didn't even take time to pull the lines in until we got to cover.

              The second was driving in the high speed lane, 60mph, next to a grass median. Window down and my arm out a bolt struck the grass right next to me. Singed the hair on my arm and I could not hear for several minutes. BANG!
              I'm not an expert on this, but I thought the big issue was being, or being under, the tallest object within some distance (I've heard 45 to 90 or so feet). Being under a bunch of trees, not a single free standing specimen, seems preferable to being on the water to me.
              I'm not trying to be argumentative, just throwing it out there.

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              • #8
                I hunt predominantly "box" blinds! Yup! I'd be out there!
                I've killed several deer and turkeys in the rain.

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                • #9
                  It would depend on the situation. I have left camp with all three before. It was not the most comfortable situation, but it all comes down to how bad you want the deer.

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                  • #10
                    Lol..In Florida that happens all the time. I would head to my box blind, drink a sweet-tea and watch a movie on my I-Phone and keep looking out the windows. The old saying. If you don't like the weather in Fla. wait 15 minutes!

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                    • #11
                      I don't know if I considered all the angles here.
                      I would certainly tell my wife I was going. Probably drive out too, or at least to camp if one was in the plan.

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                      • #12
                        I don't leave the woods and I usually ride it out until the bad weather is over!

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                        • #13
                          I have experienced storms of heroic proportions all over the world, so try to take them in stride, with a few exceptions. If caught in a bad lightening storm while on horseback above timberline, I try to get off mountain tops or ridge lines ASAP. Have visions of leaving no evidence except, four smoking horse shoes.

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                          • #14
                            I have been through many storms and inclement weather events while hunting and few of them ever sent me home. I waited out a severe T-storm last year by climbing down and back up the tree again after the lightning cleared (killed a big doe once back in the tree).
                            The only time weather sent me home was when snow storms moved in and dropped higher amounts than expected during an evening hunt. No need to risk an over night stay in the mountains without shelter and a foot of snow or more coming down.

                            I love hunting immediately after a hard rain (especially in early season) or during these types of weather events. It gets the deer up and moving.

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                            • #15
                              I wouldn't start hunting in that but if it popped up while in a treestand I might leave. Last opening day for rifle the weather was fine in the morning but then started to rain hard around 2. It wasn't lighting but the rain was heavy and nothing was moving. I got down and walked around a little and decided to just bail.

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