Deer Rattling Tips
Rattling offers the hunter an aggressive approach to deer hunting. Rattling can add excitement on days when the woods are quiet. The following are tips for learning how to rattle for deer.
Shed antlers or antlers removed from harvested deer can be used for rattling. The antlers don’t have to be giant sized but rather comfortable to fit in the hand and have at least two tines on each. There are also synthetic antlers, rattle bags, and other products that are just as effective. Comfort and ease of use should be the determining factors.
The best way to learn how to rattle is by watching videos of other hunters in the field. There are also training videos available. Use this knowledge to practice and become proficient with the tools of the trade. The more time spent practicing the more comfortable one will be when using rattling tactics.
Position And Set Up
Rattling can be done from the ground or from a tree stand. Ground positions allow the hunter good concealment and the ability to move more frequently if desired. The tree stand often can provide a wider field of view and cover longer distances.
Regardless of what approach is used, the keys to success are concealment, being able to see in all directions, and hunting in areas that are most likely to hold deer. Another important factor is to see the deer before being seen.
Set up should be made in areas that provide a good field of view but also provide natural cover. Deer are more likely to respond to such areas as opposed to wide open places. The cover also allows the hunter more movement without being detected.
When To Rattle
The pre rut period is generally considered the best times of the season for rattling. Bucks are more likely to respond in preparation for the rut. However, the early or late seasons can also occasionally provide responses. It does not hurt to experiment throughout the deer hunting season.
Start out by softly rattling for a few seconds and then wait a few minutes to see if any deer are in the area and will respond. Afterwards, increase the volume of impact and aggressiveness slightly for 30-60 seconds. Wait 15-30 minutes and repeat. It is not necessary to rattle extremely loud unless focusing on deer from a long distance away or during windy day conditions that reduce noise.
After each sequence, glass the area with binoculars. Pay attention to any responses by the deer. Some deer may walk or run right in while others may sneak in. There may also be deer that run away from rattling.
As with any deer hunting situation, the use of scent control products as well as having a favorable wind direction is important. Experiment with different rattling sequences to see what works best in your area.
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