The main purpose of deer calls is to arouse the curiosity of deer.
Depending upon how these calls are used, you may peak their curiosity, or you may inadvertently alert them that they are in danger!
It really depends upon the timing of the season, the individual buck, whether or not there are actually any deer in the area, and how you are using the products!
There are dozens of various deer calls on the market today.
They come in the form of grunt tubes,
doe bleats, electronic calls, and a whole lot more!
They can also be used in conjunction
with deer decoys.
Make sure you know what is legal to use in your state or province!
The effectiveness of these calls, lay in how and when you use them.
Make sure you always scout an area before deciding on whether or not to hunt there and where to set up your stand.
You'll want to try and find any bedding areas,
and trails leading back and forth between the two. The more isolated these routes are, the better chance you will have at calling in a buck.
Calling works most effectively if you can catch a buck on his way to feed in the late evening, or early in the morning when he is on his way back to bed down.
However, don't expect to just call from an open area and get results! Just because you are using a call, does not guarantee that a buck, or any other deer, will respond.
If your location is not set up in a spot that they feel safe in, they will not respond.
Hunting and calling
along rub lines
are a good choice.
Make sure that you have used
good scent control.
If your calling is noticed and acknowledged, you do not want them to be able to smell you!
It also doesn't hurt to have a small amount of buck urine hung near your stand, where they can not only hear a call, but can smell a new buck in their area.
Setting up a decoy
can also be very beneficial, as long as it is positioned properly.
Be downwind of bedding areas, and do not over call!
Continuously calling is unnatural, and rather than peaking their curiosity, you are instead alerting them to the fact that something is amiss, and that they are not safe.
Also, keep in mind, that you will never call a buck away from a doe in estrus! He is not going to leave her side!
If the buck you are hoping for, is already with a doe, then all you can do is simply wait and see if she will lead him over into your shooting range.
If used correctly, deer calls can be an excellent tool for hunting. Our next section discusses what
calls work best in different situations.
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