Whitetail calling strategies

I have to admit I am new to treestand hunting, having harvested all my deer in a spot and stalk rather then sit and wait situation the idea of calling deer in is foreign to me and admittedly I was little skeptical on how well it would work.

Sitting on the stand Friday morning I saw five deer two of which( a small 4×4 and a taller 3×3 where  25 yards broadside.)  All deer had their noses to the ground and were running around not paying  attention to me even though I was downwind of them. 

Letting the 3×3 pass out of range I decided to try my grunt call to see if I could get it’s attention.  As soon as I let out the grunt that buck came running back around snorting, grunting and stomping his hooves.  Believing I was another buck and was trying to take over his area he was ready for a fight.

I don’t know if it was the rut or if this was just a buck that was ready to fight but it was amazing to be able to bring in a deer into shooting range with sound alone.  I don’t know from experience but I have heard you shouldn’t grunt call until you can see the deer you want to bring in. While you can use a doe bleet or rattling of horns as soon as shooting time hits. 

Obviously calling will be more effective during the rut as deer are more active and more apt to fight for available does. 

And everything I have heard on the subject is be conservative with any noise you make.  Rattling horns once every ten minutes or giving one or two grunts just to get the deers attention.

Comment on how you get that big deer to come in. Do you relay on good research and patterning or do you use calling and scents to lure them to the spot?

Also send pictures of any deer you have taken from this year. chuber@mitchellrepublic.com The rut is in full swing now and I know there has to have been some good deer harvested.

Whitetail rut almost here

The rut in South Dakota is almost here and I know bowhunters around the area are itching to get out and spend some quality time in those stands. 

Take a look at Outdoor Life’s new weather calculator.  http://www.outdoorlife.com/weather/whitetail

It uses temperature, wind, moon phases and other factors to give you a five day forecast for hunting whitetails.  I wouldn’t live by these numbers by any means but they are interesting to look at before heading out into the field

Send me your trail cam pics of that monster you are going after or a picture of a deer you have already harvested this year and I will post it on the blog. chuber@mitchellrepublic.com

Personally, I have a couple places scoped out I want to sit at this year  and I saw a couple nice bucks while pheasant hunting last weekend.