I for one, wouldn't leave my gobbler in the bed of my truck to get rained on. . . but here again, another difference in the way we handle our business.
Interested to hear what you would have done! I didn't leave it in the bed to be rained on !!! I took some pics on the tailgate as a huge storm came in with a tornado hitting in the next county. I have a cover on my pickup bed but with all the rain/hail etc still got wet. Not sure what I should have done with it . Should have put it on the passenger seat with the seat belt on I guess .
I also got soaked to the skin maybe I just shouldn't have shot it at all as I did know the storm was approaching when he came in !
What would I have done? Well only because you ask, I would taken a few big steps, heck maybe even a dozen, and taken a picture with the woods/ field/ clearcut or whatever the bird chose to call home as the background. But here again, that's me, and you are you.
And yes, I would have put the bird in the front of the truck. No questions asked.
And to further illustrate, this fine gobbler provided me with an unbelievable experience this past year in Vermont. When I played the cards correctly just before noon, he went tumbling off a near vertical rock mountainside toward the bottom below. Well, just so happened to be a creek in that bottom and you guessed it, he beat me to the bottom and I had to reach under the water to retrieve my prize. As wet as any bird I've ever had the privilege of handling. It took a while, but hanging to dry and properly positioning the bird to avoid showing the "rough" spots it's one of my favorite pictures. And yes, that old cabin sat at the corner of the field I watched this old gobbler in all evening the day before. I thought it was a great representation of the place the called home. I would have liked to include the field in the photo but the farmer didn't appreciate the cabin as much as I and the front was crushed in from a dozer collision.