In my opinion the grunt call is the most important innovation under $15 in the history of whitetail hunting. If you've piped on a tube for years with little to show for it, you probably think I'm making a rash statement. But I firmly believe that by using this chart to improve your technique you can grunt in a couple of bucks this fall. One of them might even have a whopper rack.
In areas in early to mid-October, it can't hurt to blow half a dozen moderately loud grunts every 20 to 30 minutes. Do this whenever you're archery hunting in a draw or on a ridge where deer move between bedding and feeding areas. You should also grunt periodically from a stand near a bedding area. Your calls might cause a deer to sneak over to investigate.
GRUNT TO OUT-OF-RANGE BUCKS
"Blind calling" can work, but a grunt call really shines when a buck has been spotted. Grunt at every buck you see that is slipping by out of range. If a deer hears you, he should at least stop and look your way.
Most of the time, after stopping and looking, a buck will continue on his way. Don't just sit there: Grunt more, and louder. What have you got to lose? It's a long shot, but your insistent grunts might turn the buck back your way.
ADD TO THE REALISM
From around November 5 to the peak of the rut, make some estrous-doe bleats with a can-type call, followed by some tending grunts. Young bucks might race in, thinking a breeding show is about to begin. If you're lucky, a stud might roll in to steal the hot doe. [ Read Full Post ]