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Broken horns = Rattling????

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?

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Sounds reasonable to me, but

Sounds reasonable to me, but I am not an expert.  I have not had much success with rattleling.  I did rattle in one six point buck one time, but nothing else.

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What ya got to loose...give

What ya got to loose...give it a try...deer are curiuos creature's...Me,i've never rattled one in,i've called them in a few time's...I use the bag on rattlin...I wont do either one till a couple hour's after daylite an if i have'nt seen anything...I use them as my last chance tool or if i see one a good distance away an try to draw him closer....

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Well, he tried it, and got

Well, he tried it, and got nothing.  Said it was dead in the woods, not even any squirrels.  I told him "Good Job", said he scared all the animals away with his rattling... lol

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I think you're right in your

I think you're right in your assertion. I would rattle away. Just cause it doesn't work the first couple of times doesn't mean it won't work at all. We've seen the most bucks fighting and the best response to other bucks fighting during the second rut that occurs in December. So I would tell him to keep at it.

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