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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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crossbow hunting in the rain

any adverse effects on the bow ?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 02:01 AM
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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

Just like any other type of bow you chance losing a blood trail to the rain.
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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

+1 Why take the chance?

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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 02:18 PM
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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

I hunt with a compound bow, but don't hesitate to hunt in rain. With only 7 Saturday's to hunt, and zero Sundays, gotta get out when you can.
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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

Rain hunting not for me..

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 05:25 PM
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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

I have seen some serious monster bucks right after a long, drenching downpour and took my best PA buck to date while the rain was still tapering off.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 09:12 PM
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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

I'm with Tom and Pappy on this one whether hunting with a bow or crossbow. Hunting in the rain means you'll have to carefully dry out your equipment after the hunt to avoid any long-term adverse effect but, more importantly, hunting in the rain typically means lower visibility to make a clean shot and some effect on strings and arrow flight which can result in a poor hit or a lost blood trail. For me personally, it's not worth the risk of losing an animal. Unless it's a very light misty rain, I stay home and wait until I'm sure the rain's done or go hunt ducks if the season's in.

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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

I don't like to hunt the rain. I lost a good buck many years ago with vertical equipment and just hate to risk it.

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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

About the only time that I will go to the stand during a steady rain is during the rut. Tree umbrellas work well and make the hunt tolerable. I reduce my shot distances as well.

As for the bow, I keep my strings and cables well waxed, wipe the bow down and use a very light machine oil on exposed fasteners.

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Re: crossbow hunting in the rain

I will hunt in the rain, but not if it is going to be a heavy steady rain. If it will be hit and miss or just a light rain I will hunt. Like Gene said I will reduce the shot distances down. I also will not hunt an unfamiliar spot. I have hunted my place for years and have a pretty good idea where a hit deer will end up.

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