Spring days with moderate rain are excellent for turkey hunting because most hunters stay home eliminating problems with others interfering with your efforts. Ernie Calandrelli has been a Quaker Boy Pro Staff member for decades and has hunted in every type of weather and geographical location. His post on the Mossy Oak website lists a number of good suggestions when encountering pennies from heaven. Here’s a snippet of what he suggests:

I don’t call as much on rainy days, because turkeys don’t gobble as well when rain’s falling. I’ve had turkeys gobbling from the ground, and then they’ll shut-up as soon rain starts. Remember, when a turkey gobbles, he’s not only calling-in hens. He’s also notifying predators where he is located. The turkey’s eyes are his number-one defense, and when the rain starts, he can’t see as well because of all the movement in the woods. He knows he’s more vulnerable, and he’ll stop calling. So, I only call sporadically during the rain, and expect turkeys to come to me without gobbling. I like to use a tube call, because it’s loud and isn’t affected by the rain. I also like waterproof box calls and high-pitched waterproof calls to penetrate through the wind and rain and reach out and touch that gobbler. Remember, if the turkey can’t hear the call, he can’t come to it.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.