Question for you whitetail hunters that have used rattling. In Vermont, we have a great deer herd, but the buck to doe ratio is not what it should be, and there has never really been any sussess to rattling. There are plenty of does to breed, and you never see much in the way of competition like you do in southern or midwestern states.
However, Vermont instituted antler restrictions a couple of years ago. This season, on opening day, my Dad had a buck with a broken antler run under his stand. He was unable to get a shot off, but someone from the camp across the road got it, and he confirmed it was broken, not deformed. Then, on Monday, that camp got another buck with a broken off rack. We rarely see this in Vermont, let alone twice in 3 days in the area we hunt.
I told my Dad he should start rattling IMMEDIATELY! Am I wrong in this assertion? My impression is that they are doing some good old fashioned fighting in the woods around there, and he just might get some interest in the horns. What do you guys think?