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Old 11-23-2016, 06:02 AM
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What are ya'lls thoughts on rattling or calling before the rut or even pre rut. We have a good buck/doe ratio and with a good 2-5 year old bucks. Pics are showing that bachelor groups are broken up now and every time we get two bucks on camera together they end up locking up.
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Old 11-23-2016, 07:10 AM
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I have never rattled much in the south but a grunt call works wonders in my experience. I say go for it.
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Old 11-23-2016, 07:10 AM
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I don't rattle much, I've never seen it work too good. Once, 20+ years ago, I rattled one up at dark around home. He is still the biggest that I have ever rattled in and one of the best I have saw, it was about dark and when he came in looking, I proceeded to shoot a 2" sapling in front of his chest and never cut a hair on the buck. Still think about it all these years later.

As far as calling, I use a grunt at times, again, never really called in very many and our bucks in Troup are very vocal. It's common to hear grunting several times a year. I killed a good one years back in Ball Ground that I felt like came in to a grunt.

A snort wheeze call will get their attention and I have called in a lot of mature bucks using one. I saw an old, huge bodied 6 point in Laurens county cross 400+ yards of open clearcut straight to my tree after I snort wheezed at him a couple of times. First one stopped him cold, second one got him looking and coming my way, third one, put him under my stand with the hair on his back standing up and swaggering while he walked.

Killed his one a few years back after seeing him across a big clearcut and snort wheezed at him a couple of times. He stopped, turned all the way around and ran towards me. It's a call that I use when I see a buck that is out of range and it seems to work for me.
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Old 11-23-2016, 07:12 AM
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I will tell you something else that I use that has worked in the past when I see a buck out of range, it works well in bow season. I will sometimes take a small antler, or if I have my rattling horns, and rub lightly to aggressively on the tree I'm sitting in, I've turned a lot of bucks and brought them into range. They usually come in out of curiosity when they hear another "buck" rubbing a tree.
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Old 11-24-2016, 01:17 PM
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I rattle all the time. Bucks and does will come in to investigate. I've rattled in 4 bucks this season and a couple of does. It doesn't scare deer so why not??
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Old 11-24-2016, 04:20 PM
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I've had good success rattling on my little place across from the house. The buck to doe ratio seems to be good from 4 years of trail cam pics. Most other places in ga it has not paid off for me
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:17 PM
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I just sit quietly and write texts back and forth to my points. I have an app that makes grunt noises pretty good.
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I just sit quietly and write texts back and forth to my points. I have an app that makes grunt noises pretty good.
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I rattled, bleated and grunted every hr in the stand in Illinois. Didn't hurt but I didn't change the course of any bucks that I saw out of range during the week. Rattling doesn't work very often but when it does it's worth it.
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what? i think the sit there and be quiet and still is the better way.


Oh and i hunted every day from last saturday till yesterday which is typically our best week of the season. Worse week in 20 years on this property. Saw 1 good deer i should've shot early in the week. then went 5 hunts without seeing one from the stand. Last one i saw was 8 pointer mary beth missed one evening.
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:32 PM
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what? i think the sit there and be quiet and still is the better way.


Oh and i hunted every day from last saturday till yesterday which is typically our best week of the season. Worse week in 20 years on this property. Saw 1 good deer i should've shot early in the week. then went 5 hunts without seeing one from the stand. Last one i saw was 8 pointer mary beth missed one evening.
Calling deer with an app triggered my response. Lol

It has been a strange season... Sorry Mary Beth missed.... it happens.... heard a boat load of woody shooting all around tin top last weekend. I saw more ducks than deer.. Let a 7pt cruise on Friday morning and didn't see another deer all weekend..
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Rattling is very sporadic at best for me. By far the least successful of the sounds I make in the woods. I am an aggressive hunter, calling almost full time. Every 10-15 minutes I am making some sort of deer sound. Loud and aggressive grunts and snort wheezes have by far been the most successful for me. Pretty much every sit I call a deer in with one of the two. 75% of the time its the snort wheeze that turns a buck on a dime. But my MAD acrylic growler lets me grunt to deer 200+ yards away.

Blind calling works for me...and works on average once every 2 hunts or better. Most bucks I see cruising by out of range will respond by investigating a snort wheeze. The common variable between all of my successful calling sequences...my sound coming from a spot so thick the deer can't lay eyes on the area without getting in close. If they can see 200 yards across the ground...but hear a sound about 100 yards away...they won't come. But if they hear a sound 200 yards away, but can only see 100 yards...they can't resist investigating. It is really amazing to see a deer come from 250 yards on a string to within 30 yards of your stand because of a single series of calls that took place before he turned to come in. Their directional and depth perception in their ears is amazing.

I can not stress enough to everyone how much being able to throw out a loud, aggressive snort wheeze has changed my hunting in the last 5 years or so. It is simply amazing what it can do.
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Tried calling/rattling Sunday morning on a tract of land that hasn't been hunted yet this year. Big hardwood draws and 5 year old cutover. Only had 2 hrs to hunt so eased around the edges of the thick stuff and would call and Wait 30min and ease a few hundred yards down and try again. On my last sit had a big bodied deer come charging towards me before stopping 70 yards out and easing towards my down wind side and disappeared. Will try it again soon.
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