Well if you consider a flock of sheep bait, yes I have used bait, but mostly I use animal in distress calls rabbit, gray fox pup, bird, mouse aqueals, my own-- a puppy sqealing ( you know the new pup brought home, and recorded as he got use to the house) I use a 12 or 10 gauge with #2 maags at night, during day calling I use a 30-06 cause it is what I got,
[ This Message was edited by: chechatonga on 2003-01-18 15:12 ]
Yeap, when rabbit hunting, all the guts and skin go into a zip lock, when calling yotes it is spread out as a scent attractant, seemed to work for me. Also takes their mind off of anything else around them(like me), they get real careless, when they smell the blood and guts.
Sometimes we just run across them where I have hunted in south western colorado. Have to have your eyes peeled though, since they blend in pretty well with the backdrop and I have never see them less than 300-400 yards.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...