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although wearing orange isn't required
in the fall archery season, wearing some
isn't a bad idea - especially if you're
hunting in woods that attract small-game
or turkey hunters.

AGGRESSIVE CALLING

I'm referring to "aggressive calling,"
not "calling aggressively." There's a difference. Aggressive calling involves creating sounds that incite aggression in bucks.
Calling aggressively means working a call
with a fast cadence.
Bucks get killed by other bucks at this
time of year. That's how serious the rut
gets. A month ago, if you used a grunt
call at all, you probably tried to be as
quiet and subtle as possible, letting out
tiny little burps.
Now's the time to be loud. There are
several calls on the market that produce
sounds ideal for the rut's prime time.
Some calls offer sounds called "roars,"
others "growls." Essentially, they're
drawn out grunts that start soft and build
in volume.
The first time I heard a buck's roar/
growl, I had no clue what it was. I thought
it was some kind of predator. Then I saw
a buck and doe run into a clearing, and
the buck did it again. What really got my
attention was, within minutes, three other
bucks just showed up out of nowhere.
The snort-wheeze is another aggressive
call bowhunters can use in the last weeks
of the season. The snort-wheeze and the
roar/growl calls seem to anger other bucks
within earshot - especially mature bucks.
It must be hard for them to ignore; they
often come to investigate.
Rattling mimics two bucks fighting,
and it's another aggressive call perfectly
suited for the peak rut. You can bang the
antlers together like two bucks trying to
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kill each other, or you can just tickle them
lightly, like two bucks pushing each other
around.
Anytime I talk about aggressive calling in Pennsylvania, I like to offer a
disclaimer. Roar/growls, snort wheezes
and rattling are used mainly to attract
mature deer. Where I hunt, mature bucks
are scarce compared to younger bucks.
I've found aggressive calls can spook
younger bucks. Whether they don't like
the noises, or are worried they might get
their butts kicked by the big boss making
those sounds, young bucks often will
hightail it when they hear aggressive
calling. So, don't be surprised if that's
what you see.
On the flip side, when you make an
aggressive call and there's a mature buck
around, get ready for action. That buck
might sprint in to run off the intruder he
believes is there.
The fall bow season's final weeks are
no time to just sit quietly and wait. And
that's especially true this year, with the
extra week tacked on to what had been a
six-week season. The bucks are running
wild. Now's the time to get aggressive.
Make something happen!

				 

Rattling and grunting are among aggressive
tactics that can work to reel in rutting bucks.

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