The Can Can

Sometimes, the simplest call of all is also the best.

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Whitetail activity was slow until the last hour before sunset, then Justin had several yearlings and a large 6-point buck cruise by his stand. Suddenly he spotted a 130-inch, 9-pointer in the soybean field 60 yards out. Justin called with a grunt tube, and a Primos bleat can call, but while the buck was interested in the sounds, it wouldn’t cross the creek toward Justin and stayed out of bow range. The buck slipped silently away. That’s when Justin looked up along the hay field edge and 300 yards away spotted a huge buck. There was no wind, so when Justin worked his can call, it immediately got the bruiser’s attention, and he started toward Justin. Behind the big buck was a smaller one, and they took their time ambling along the hay field edge toward Justin. Outdoor Life Online Editor
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When the buck stopped to feed, Justin worked the can call, and the deer moved closer along the hay field edge. At 75 yards the buck stopped, and Justin grunted at him. That sealed the deal, and the whitetail entered the woods toward the creek, got to the fence line, and moved along it toward Justin. At 17 yards, Justin came to full draw, made a soft voice grunt to stop the buck, and sent a 3-blade NAP Rage broadhead through the deer’s chest. The buck spun and ran, but folded up 75 yards away. The size of the 8×8 buck awed Justin. With an inside rack spread of 19 inches, and a gross green score of about 160-inches, the deer is a giant by any measure. “I spent a lot of time in Kansas during spring and summer scouting for hunting spots, and knocking on a lot of farm house doors asking for hunting permission,” Justin says happily. “It was all worth it though, because that buck is a lifetime animal for me.” Outdoor Life Online Editor

Sometimes, the simplest call of all is also the best.