A Wild New Buck Call

Planning a hunting day is always important, and especially so when trying to rattle in bucks. Carefully check hunt property maps to pinpoint the best rattling sites, making sure wind is in your favor. Leave nothing to chance.
Glassing hunt property from high ground is wise when you're rattling because it allows a good overview of terrain, with the possibility of pinpointing deer. Locating concentrations of does, or succulent fields from long range, can have a telling effect on rattling success.
Edges of standing corn are top spots for rattling. Deer live in mature corn so long as it's tall, as it offers choice food and cover. Isolated standing fields of corn, in regions where most corn has been harvested, are especially good.
Areas where deer traffic is highest, like well-worn trails, are choice spots for rattling. A steady stream of whitetails through a region increases odds for a good buck to wander close, or a hot doe with a buck on her tail looking for a fight.
Hillside rub lines are favored by many mature bucks seeking female companionship, so they are among the best places for rattling. Make sure wind is in your favor, and be certain you are not "skylighted" by hill tops when hunting such places.
Thick bedding areas hold good bucks, especially ones trying to find does, or corral ones that are potential mates. Rattling near such deer thickets can sometimes draw a good buck out of cover.
As the rut draws near, or during a good, cold, calm autumn morning when game is on the move, rattling in open hardwoods stands make sense because a hunter's vision is greatly increased. For muzzleloaders or early riflemen, this significantly improves rattling effectiveness.
Barrier borders like a tall fence, highway, deep ditch or ravine, broad river, open lake or extensive manmade land use can inhibit deer activity. These "funnels" direct whitetail movements, and anywhere game is "directed" makes for a rattling hot spot.
Field edges are among the best and easiest to hunt rattling locations. Whitetails are edge oriented, and commonly are found feeding and utilizing field perimeters. Hunt into the wind, use optics to best effect, and be patient to get a response from rattling.
A line of fresh and large scrapes is sure sign bucks are on the prowl, looking for receptive does. Rattling downwind from several scrapes, is a good tactic for intercepting a buck and drawing it into bow or gun range.
A hill top with a good, broad view of prime deer country is a hot spot for rattling and hunting because of long-range visibility. Rattling sounds carry long distances, too. High-quality binoculars and patience are important assets.
Find choice food, and you find deer. Pretty simple really, and it's an important ingredient for pinpointing rattling hot spots. Deer change their menu regularly through a season, so hunters must move with the game. Soft mast, acorns, food plots, browse, all can be important. Find food deer are eating, and does will be in abundance. A little rattling in the food area should draw interested bucks looking for love.
Covering country is one of the newest wrinkles to rattling, especially early in the season when receptive bucks may be fewer than later in the year during the rut peak. Silent ATVs, like battery-powered golf carts, can be especially effective in quickly getting rattling hunters far back in deer cover. Many miles of choice hunting land effectively can be rattled in this manner. Cover enough country and odds improve dramatically for crossing tracks with a receptive buck. Continue through the gallery to see Knight & Hale's Pack Rack. To get more whitetail deer hunting tips like these, visit our Whitetail Deer Hunter's Playbook.
Rattling bucks to within bow or gun range just got a whole lot simpler and easier thanks to the new Knight & Hale "Pack Rack". Gone now are the days of lugging cumbersome, bulky and sometimes dangerous real antlers to a stand or calling site for rattling. And unlike most man-made antlers, the "Pack Rack" plastic pieces have great volume when needed, yet with just the right tone to get the attention of any buck on the prowl. Perhaps best of all, the 2-piece all-hard-plastic "Pack Rack" has a "nesting" feature whereby one hollow plastic side fits snugly into the other half. So it conveniently and silently slips into a hunter's pocket or pack, but is available at a moment's notice by simply pulling it apart for use.
A rugged bungie cord connects the two Pack Rack pieces so they're not lost, and can be conveniently hung from a tree stand or branch for quick use.

The following 13 "Rattle Trap" tips should help turn the tide in your favor using this buck-killing tactic.