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Tips for Hunting Deer in the Rain

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November 15, 2013
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Light to moderate rain has very little effect on deer and they go about their business in the same manner as they would on a sunny day.

Heavy rains or thunderstorms will cause deer to bed down in a sheltered area of some kind. Any high winds, rain or not, will also discourage their movement.

Since light rain doesn’t alter a deer’s activity, this time can be very rewarding for you. Those who love hunting during this time have taken their biggest bucks during a light rain. One reason is there are fewer hunters to spook the deer since they went in out of the rain.

Wet ground and rain on the leaves also makes it easier for you to move around on the ground and get into position undetected.

Rain also helps mask human scent. All this put together gives a buck confidence to move around on rainy days and gives you a great chance to take a rain deer.

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Jerry Martin
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Home: Springfield, Missouri
Family: Jill (wife), Chase (daughter)
Hobbies: Farming for wildlife, Hunting and Fishing
Rifle/Bow: Rifle: All legal methods

Hunting Stuff

Years Been Hunting: 55 years plus
Hunting Strength:
Turkey, Whitetail, Archery, Muzzleloader, Centerfire
Favorite Technique:
Bow, Muzzleloader, Centerfire
Favorite Game to Hunt:
Turkey, Whitetail Deer and Squirrels
Favorite Hunting Gear: CVA Muzzleloader, Browning rifle, Winchester ammo, Leupold scope, RealTree Camo
Favorite Places to Hunt:
Missouri, Kansas and Texas
Favorite Season to Hunt:
Turkey and Deer
Favorite Time to Hunt: Anytime I get a chance to go
Favorite Way to Hunt: Spot and Stalk
Favorite Turkey Call:
RedHead Box and Slate calls

Career Highlights

Biggest Kill: African elephant and 200 inch Whitetail
Greatest Hunting Achievement: African elephant and 200 inch Whitetail, Rocky Mountain Elk and Grand Slam of Turkeys.
Favorite Hunting Moment: Everytime I get to hunt with kids or first-timers.

Current Highlights

Captain of Bass Pro Shops RedHead Hunting Team
Board member of QDMA
Co-hosts Bass Pro Shops "100% REAL HUNTING TV" and "King of Bucks" program
Member of National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame
Team member of "Outdoor Legends" S.E. Asia Tour - First team to be sent to visit the troops in the Persian Gulf

It is unusual for an all-around outdoorsman to bring pioneering accomplishments of ethical hunting and conservation to the forefront of hunters’ minds and the outdoor industry.  But Jerry Martin has definitely left his mark.

Jerry’s hunting days started at age 5 or 6, when his dad took him hunting for squirrels and chasing rabbits with beagles.  “Dad expected 50 squirrels from a box of shells,” Martin says chuckling as he reminisces about those days, “And I tried not to disappoint.”   Over the years, Jerry became an expert marksman with a rifle, compound bow, pistol, and muzzleloader.

In his hunting career, he has had dozens of trophy whitetail deer kills, several scoring over 200.  Jerry has killed dozens of Turkey Grand Slams with muzzleloader, bow and centerfire, and a few Turkey Royal Slams too.  He has hunted for all types of animals across the nation and in countries around the world.

In August 2008, Jerry was recognized for his accomplishments and inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.  This impressive honor is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated a passion for the outdoors in both fishing and hunting and whose actions and high ethical standards serve as the guidelines for the entire outdoor community. 

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