I have been researching in the field quite a bit over the last 18month with calls for axis. I've had limited success. They tend to learn very quickly. Bucks/Bulls roaring are the hardest to call. My best success is not with buck roars or antler rattling, but rather with a doe distress call.
Bucks will respond to a distressed doe by rushing to investigate. And I when I say "rush", I mean they will literally come RUNNING to the sound. A few chirps is all it takes. It's sounds contradictory that an distress call will draw them in, but it is what I've had - by far - the best response to. If I get responses at all.
A distress call is not the alarm call, but is similar. It is longer and slightly higher pitch. Almost sounds like a distressed rabbit.
There is often a group of 20-25 axis in the field next to my lease. Spent many hours hanging bh the fence trying calls and watching responses. They will quickly grow disinterested in a call, especially if overdone.
One or two chirps will get their attention and get them to investigate.
Other than responding to a distressed doe (not an alarm call), their response - if any - will be slow and cautious. Several times I've called, watch them raise their head - then SLOWLY walk off, only to have them popup right behind me 30 minutes later.
Does never respond to calls as a rule. But I've had some exceptions.
Younger bucks and spikes are most likely to respond first.
The call that I can the best sounds and variances for alarm, distress, roar, etc is the "I MAKKA DA BULLS CRAZY" elk reed call.
Edited by John Humbert (12/18/14 08:31 PM)