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Rattling #5948490 09/27/15 11:52 AM
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Like everyone else, most of the time I hunt from a blind over a feeder. Sometimes I like to get out of the blind and do a little still hunting or just sit and watch a secluded spot. I have tried rattling a little bit with just moderate success. Never really rattled up a big one. Has anyone had a lot of success rattling and if so, how did you get it done?

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Rattling is all about timing IMO. The right day, right area, right weather conditions, right time and the right deer. It also helps to have a good buck to doe ratio. I have had good success rattling at times, and times had no success. My most successful days have been when I can see bucks up and moving with a lot of activity. Early mornings have been more successful for me than afternoons. The best weather has always been overcast skies with light mist/drizzle with temps around 40 deg. Just remember you can not rattle up what is not there. Location is very important, but having bucks in the area is even more important. Don't be afraid to rattle aggressively. Most people are to timid in their rattling sequence when the time is right to rattle. If you have ever watched two bucks fight then you will understand how to rattle. They are there to defend their territory.


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Will rattling in or around my blind and feeder bring in anything that's not there already?

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Yes it can. If you can see deer(bucks) moving around in the distance, then they are active. That is a great time to rattle if you are in the pre-rut or the few days right before the rut kicks in or after the peak of the rut. If bucks are cruising then a lot times they will respond to rattling or even a grunt call.


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I have to agree with everything ranchman said. Early, pre-rut seems to be the most effective for me. And do not be shy when rattling. Bang those horns together HARD.


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I've rattled a few in over the years. I found that I did better while on the ground kicking leaves, breaking small branches along with the rattling. If there is a fight going on these noises should coincide with the banging of horns

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Check out RattlingForks.com. I hunt with the owner, great guy. He rattles in 100+ bucks a year on our lease.


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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Rattling is all about timing IMO. The right day, right area, right weather conditions, right time and the right deer. It also helps to have a good buck to doe ratio. I have had good success rattling at times, and times had no success. My most successful days have been when I can see bucks up and moving with a lot of activity. Early mornings have been more successful for me than afternoons. The best weather has always been overcast skies with light mist/drizzle with temps around 40 deg. Just remember you can not rattle up what is not there. Location is very important, but having bucks in the area is even more important. Don't be afraid to rattle aggressively. Most people are to timid in their rattling sequence when the time is right to rattle. If you have ever watched two bucks fight then you will understand how to rattle. They are there to defend their territory.


This... And remember that buck's will circle you to come in from downwind.
Also keep your back to the sun. This way when a buck does come in it will be looking into the sun making it harder for it so see you.


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Depends on the area you are hunting. A buddy of mine owns land on both sides of a highway and on one side you could rattle up bucks all day long with your eyes closed. We've seen 20+ in one sitting. On the other side of the road.. 200 yards away you can rattle all day long and not see a buck.

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I have been rattling bucks for nearly 50 years and nothing is better than a set of real antlers. Rattling is so much more of a hunt than sitting over a feeder and is more of a test of hunting skill. I have rattler all sizes of bucks but I have the best luck rattling the mature bucks just before the rut as after rut begins, most of the dominant bucks are occupied by the a receptive doe.
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Agree with everything said. The Buck to Doe ratio is a BIG deal when it comes to rattling. The bucks have to be competitive. If there is 10 does for every buck, it probably won't be very successful. My biggest buck to date was a buck I rattled in. He came on a string right before dusk on my last sequence. I typically rattle for 1 minute hard on 20 min intervals. Set a timer (without the noise of course) because 1 minute seems like a long time to rattle. Try to imitate 2 bucks fighting. Rub the antlers together, bang them together, etc. As for rattling within a blind, I'm not sure that would be very effective. I think you need to be in open air - either on the ground or in a tree stand. IMO you'd be wasting your time and spooking deer if you rattled inside a box blind. Good luck.

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Originally Posted By: DuckCoach1985
Depends on the area you are hunting. A buddy of mine owns land on both sides of a highway and on one side you could rattle up bucks all day long with your eyes closed. We've seen 20+ in one sitting. On the other side of the road.. 200 yards away you can rattle all day long and not see a buck.

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I'll add to the others:

(1) position yourself to be able to see a considerable distance downwind,

(2) once a buck is deemed a "no-shoot", get your eyes moving again. It is so easy to be mesmerized by the "in-your-face" nature of the beast, but a monster can be sneaking in while you are focused on the no-shoot. With that said, the no-shoot can give a quick glance into the brush as a first-alert to another buck coming in; so don't totally forget about him,

(3) Be patient. I give myself at least 20 minutes per set. This is especially important on the not-so-hot rattling days. Just last year, a hunter and I made a set. Buck #1 showed up at 5 minutes after the start... Buck #9 showed up at 25 minutes,

(4) If a buck hangs up and will not come in, give him a short snort-wheeze. If he is a semi-aggressive buck, he most likely will come in closer, if not hard...

Good luck!

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