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Here comes that [email protected]*N hillbilly with more opinions! :D :D It really depends on your situation. If you are hunting an area with a lot of buck sign, coming in to the rut, a grunt call will simulate a rival buck looking to take over some territory, and does. A good curiosity call, again during the rut, is an estrous doe call. This will simulate a doe ready for breeding, and works well in conjunction with a doe urine. Rattling is good for an area with a high buck concentration, bringing in other bucks to watch or try to run off the ones fighting. A tending grunt mimicks the sounds a buck makes while tending a doe, and is really effective if the rut is in full swing. Again, this will signal the dominant buck that an intruder is in his area, loving on "his" ladies.

I have sat back on southern AL greenfields and watched deer respond to the calling of others. Like ducks, the less a deer has heard, the better the chance to fool him. Most of the ones I observed, heard something wrong and quietly headed in the opposite direction. The hunter would have had a lot better chance at a deer by just staying quiet and not trying to influence the deer. The key is to use a call sparingly, and realize it's a handy tool, but it won't overcome any other shortcomings, such as scent control, making noise, and basically, being still and paying attention to your surroundings.

Hope this shed some light,

Kevin Little
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I've had better luck w/ rattlin than I have w/ calls. I have used a grunt to get a moving deer to stop long enough for me to get a shot. But I've never felt like I managed to "call" one in. On the other hand, using a pair of old sheds, I've have managed to get deer to come to me.
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