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I have had success with a rattle bag. I rattled in a nice 8 pointer last year who obviously couldn't tell the difference. The real advantage of a rattle bag is size, but I also believe it's better to have my little green rattle bag in my stand with me than a pair of shiny white antlers. Just my humble opinion.

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I have had success with a rattle bag too. I used a pair of real antlers for awhile but I kept getting stabbed by the points!

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I believe size matters. i used a smaller pair of antlers for rattling for a number of years and was very successful bringing in small deer. decided to use a rattle bag with a much deeper sound to it. couldn't believe the results. big sounding antlers bring in large deer.

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dose it make any diffrence if you are useing a ratteling bag with rounded or edgey sticks in it?

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I don't think it matters, but the set i bought was from Hunters Specialties called the Heavy Horns rattle bag. Really simulates the big bucks fighting. it has 5-6 rods of different sizes. some round and some half mooned shape about 10" long. much easier to carry around than a set of 150-160 class antlers. if looking to just bring in a buck, any size will work if done at the right time. nothing beats a buck coming in looking for a fight!

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how did your antlers turn out?

the hobby knife works great. just cut all the flesh right off the bone. they make a blade for these knives that works great. looks like a fleshing blade, kind of round toward the end. Also, a flathead screw driver works great around the antler bases.

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they turned out awsome... i just put them in bleach and it ate away at pretty much everything... all i had to do was scrape away a bit of the skin but other then that it was awsome... thanks for the suggestions guys it worked great.!

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