At the Ranch – Whitetail: Deer Calling Tips
Deer calling can be affective throughout the season, but you want to know what to do and when to do it. For example, you don’t want to be rattling in October. Here are some tips to help you be most effective with calling.
1 – Don’t be too aggressive before the rut when deer calling. Earlier in the fall, before the rut kicks in, grunting can be an effective tactic. However, when grunting early in the season, you want to be using your grunt as a non aggressive contact grunt. Typically, this means you’ll be grunting at a deer that you can see, vs a blind call. This will allow you to see their body language in response to your call.
2 – Know when and when not to rattle. Rattling can be an effective call tactic, but you don’t want to be rattling UNLESS it’s close to or during the rut. Of course, you want to make it sound as legit as possible and really replicate the sound deer make when they’re fighting. The best places to rattle are where the buck to doe ratio is close to even. This form of deer calling will not be as effective if you have mostly does in an area.
3 – Being able to read a deer’s body language will help you when it comes to deer calling. If a deer seems interested in your call, continue to call. But don’t call at a deer that seems alerted. If you can read a deer’s body language, you’re going to be a much better caller, and know what to use when, and it will ultimately help you harvest more deer.
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