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#6421262 - 08/23/16 03:12 PM Common Sense for Rattling Hill Country Whitetails
gary roberson Offline
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I stopped by the TTHA Hunters Extravaganza on my way to Cotulla Sunday afternoon. I had several nice folks stop me and tell me that they really enjoyed the article in the July-August edition of THE JOURNAL of the TEXAS TROPHY HUNTERS magazine. I know there are many members of this forum that hunt in the Hill Country and many have asked me about rattling in the Menard area. If you have an opportunity to read this article, I think that you might pick up a tip or two that will improve your success this fall.
Thanks and Adios,
Gary

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#6421296 - 08/23/16 03:38 PM Re: Common Sense for Rattling Hill Country Whitetails [Re: gary roberson]
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Gary I have never had much luck rattling in the Hill Co, and I'll be the first to admit it's probably my technique (or lack of one). I don't subscribe to the TTHA magazine but may just have to pick one up.
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#6421616 - 08/23/16 08:34 PM Re: Common Sense for Rattling Hill Country Whitetails [Re: gary roberson]
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Link to the article by chance?

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#6422120 - 08/24/16 09:09 AM Re: Common Sense for Rattling Hill Country Whitetails [Re: gary roberson]
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I've rattle quite a bit in Mills County. One day, one spot, had one nearly run me over and two more check it out in about 10 minutes. Other days, nothing. I would say about half the time I rattle in deer that we see. IMO it's all about timing. If the stud in that area is locked down with a doe he's not coming to see what you're doing.
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#6422313 - 08/24/16 11:33 AM Re: Common Sense for Rattling Hill Country Whitetails [Re: gary roberson]
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In all my years of rattling, I only know of one situation where I pulled the buck away from a doe and that was on the 700 Springs Ranch back in the early 90's. We saw a mature eight that would not score 110 tending a doe and drove around him to get the wind hoping to pull in another buck that we had not seen. We did rattle up two bucks on this stand and one was the old junk eight.
I have my best luck rattling mature bucks in the week to 10 days before the peak of the rut as most of the dominant bucks are with does in the middle of the rut as QuitShootingYoungBucks says.
Adios,
Gary

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#6422457 - 08/24/16 12:50 PM Re: Common Sense for Rattling Hill Country Whitetails [Re: gary roberson]
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Great Information Gary, I enjoy rattling up in Bandera and can do pretty well if the time is right. I have a great Buck to Doe ratio which I think is important but let me asked you Gary can rattling bucks in and calling coyotes serve as a education in regards to having either coming in and the end result for the deer or the coyote not what they expected. The coyote being shot at and getting away would it be harder to call in again? and the buck being rattled in and not seeing a fight between 2 other bucks but rather movement from a hunter hitting horns together. Thank you again for the sharing of your experiences!

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#6423760 - 08/25/16 08:53 AM Re: Common Sense for Rattling Hill Country Whitetails [Re: gary roberson]
gary roberson Offline
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Coyotes are much more intelligent than deer and if the coyote has a bad experience, say from a missed shot of just a nose full of human odor at close range, will not soon forget, if ever.
Bucks are much more forgiving. If not shot at or spooked really bad, I have gone back to the same area a week later and called in the same buck. Here is another hint that will keep you from badly spooking a deer when rattled up. Rather than allow the deer to hang around and eventually get your wind or badly spooked by a visual, snort at the buck. An alarm snort as a doe vocalizes when she gets your wind. Usually, the first snort will get the buck's undivided attention but not cause him to move off so you will need to snort at him a couple to several times. If the buck leaves thinking that an alarmed doe is the reason to get out of the area, it is not as traumatic as getting shot or winding you.
Adios,
Gary

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