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Hammer spur

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Rattling antler alternatives
« on: November 18, 2018, 08:45:57 AM »
Looks like I may finally get a few days off soon to go try my luck with whitetails.
Last year I had a six hour drag to get my buck back to the truck and left my rattling antlers at the kill site.
After that drag I made the executive decision to abandon them.
Just wondering if anyone has used one of those rattling bags or other synthetic gizmo with any success?
I just cant see them being as good or as loud.
But they sure would be a lot handier.
I do have a few racks at home I could sacrifice but would rather not.
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Re: Rattling antler alternatives
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2018, 06:17:28 PM »
My buddy has the bag. Seems ok, but for me I like the real deal. I find I can use the tips of the antlers for soft touch or rack hard when needed.

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Re: Rattling antler alternatives
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 07:55:05 PM »
I've been using the bag for the last 3 years on my long hikes. I like them do to their ease of carry. They certainly don't sound as good as the real thing but I have brought in numerous bucks to them. I like mine.
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Re: Rattling antler alternatives
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2018, 04:28:55 PM »
I use an set of shed horns,( 130 ish 5x5) and I must rattle in a foreign language. That's one aspect of deer hunting that has failed me miserably lol. I can count on one hand the number of times a buck has come to my rattling in over 20 yrs. I have friends who do it and it's like on a string.


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Re: Rattling antler alternatives
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2018, 06:05:35 PM »
Yah itís an art, Iím not sure how good I am. Some times I get them paying attention other times I think they run as far away as possible. My moose call is decent, my elk bugle is ok. But my wife says my whinnying and bitching is perfect. So I guess a guy canít be good at everything.

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Re: Rattling antler alternatives
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2018, 07:54:02 PM »
It's more to do with where and when then how as far as deer calling goes. It's a pretty basic routine really that we've all seen on many shows. It boils down to Buck to Doe ratios if you've got lots of does and few bucks there is little competition and it makes for poor calling. As well as time of year, peak rut is not peak calling season for deer. The 2 weeks and in particular the week before the start of the rut is prime rattling. This is the time boundaries are established and dominance set. Once the rut is on they are busy, this is not to say they won't come in but best action is definitely just before the rut.   
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Re: Rattling antler alternatives
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2018, 08:18:43 AM »
Well sounds like the bag is worth a shot if I can find one in town.
If not break out the saw I guess.
It's my favorite way to hunt whitetails for sure.
Handy tactic in the big bush especially if your not familiar with the area.
There is definatly a element of timing and luck no doubt.
Always served me well though.
Good luck out there guys
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