Deer Hunting Calls Get Novice Deer Hunters in Trouble

In previous articles we discussed deer hunting in Virginia means different things to different people. For novice hunters or those who don’t really have a passion for being in the woods, hunting is all about going out in the woods, with your boots and gun, or bows and arrows, hoping to kill something. “If Its Brown It’s Down”

For seasoned hunters however, hunting entails being able to go in the woods and spending a day relaxed. This is the same as someone who is passionate about fishing. Just being on the boat is enough, if you catch fish it’s a bonus, and if you’re like me sometimes I don’t put bait on the hook. The challenge deer hunters face is knowing what there up against, then learning how to find game efficiently.

Imagine, it’s last week in November, the rut is going full blast and while looking through your binoculars you happen to spot a nice buck bedded down about a hundred and eighty yards away. Your heart begins to race and your mind immediately tries to figure out how to lure him in your direction. You’re so excited, you’re thinking about getting down (jumping 15 feet to the ground)… and sneak up on him.

Hunting involves a lot more than just going out into the woods with a gun or a bow and coming home in a couple of hours with some monster strapped to your pickup truck bed. See my article “The Lucky Hunter“. Being able to lure that buck from where he’s hiding to a range where your shot will make a comfortable kill is something every hunter has to face. Enticing that buck to the area you’re in, generally takes some preparation before you spotted him and a lot of skill after you spot him, to lure him to you.

Some hunter’s strategy is to use decoys in an attempt to fool their visual senses. Other hunters use calls and rattle bags to fool their hearing. While others use synthetic scents to fool their sense of smell, generally to peak their curiosity or make them mad.

In this post, you will learn about the second hunting strategy I discussed above… Hunting Calls

So What Are Hunting Calls… Really?

When using a call a hunter is attempting to appeal to the buck’s sense of hearing by making sounds that are common to deer. This practice has evolved from the days when man only used their bare hands and mouths to mimic sounds that attracted game within their hunting range.

Today, manufactures create sophisticated and efficient calls hunters use to improvise calling deer. I know a lot of hunters who have home-made hunting calls, while the majority use company made calls to create the sound needed to attract the animals to their range.

Hunting Calls Require Developed Skills

You can go the sporting goods store and buy a bow, but if you don’t take it out and shoot it you will never be able to hit the broad side of a barn with it, let alone a deer. If you don’t take your call out of the package until the day you go hunting you will do more harm than good.

It’s important to note that not everyone can operate a hunting call that will produce the desired results there looking for. If you take a doe bleat can and turn it slowly… YOUR SUNK. It will produce a warning that deer know and will run in the opposite direction with their flag (white tail) waiving in the air for other deer to see.

Teaching someone to use a deer call properly cannot be done with written words, nor would I ever attempt it.

The really cool thing about hunting calls is experimenting. I learned to use them in conjunction with each other to achieve a result that the manufacture didn’t intend. For example I use an estrus doe bleat can once or twice about 5 minutes apart. I then back it up 10 minutes later with a tending grunt on my reed call.

BuddiesI was showing a supporter (Mark) who comes hunting with his buddies every year this “Power Tactic” and he had immediate success. Mark and his buddy Rick were hunting about 4 – 5 hundred yards apart down in buck bottom. Mark was using the two calls like I described and he pulled in a buck that was behind Rick in a thicket. Mark told me: “He came in looking for a fight just like you said he would… And I gave him one”.

Both calls are made from two different manufactures and were never intended to work together. I will try to create a video of what I am talking about and place a link to the video on the bottom of this page. If you don’t see a link, it’s because I have not created the video… LOL — HEY HEY… DON’T HATE!

The problem with a deer call is; if you use it wrong you will bump the deer out of the area and won’t know you did it. They don’t hold up a sign or throw a flag like a ref in football and announce your guilty of a penalty. In the game of hunting, no one tells you when you break the rules. You learn those lessons the hard way.

Do You Need Hunting Calls or Not

Overall, hunting calls improve your chance of success when used properly. Ideally, they assist you when you’re trying to entice that lazy buck that’s lying in the bed, to get his lazy butt up and come check out what’s going on.

In addition, hunting calls also make hunting less of a risk since you can get the attention of a buck that you didn’t know was in the area like Mark and Rick. This means that you don’t have to wait in the stand twit-tiling your thumbs while waiting for a buck that might not arrive; you can literally change the rules of the game, if… that big boy is in the area.

I created a video series that shows exactly how a professional deer hunter will set that buck up way before season. It’s having this competitive advantage before you see him that will help you achieve greater success using a deer call. If you have not received a copy of my book “Definitive Hunting Guide” nor have seen my video series then wander over to my Welcome Page and let me introduce myself. I will set you up with My Video Series

One more thing while your here, if you found this article to be useful take a moment and share it with your buddies… The links are under the picture at the top.

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