Yea we have some good stories to last thru out the year with some of those boys. The worst one wasnt even my largest, he was 10'6" and the meanest gator I ever got. We had just refinished the airboat, steelflex and zyrex, nice and new looking. I harpooned him and he ran up into shallow water and decided to do the death roll in all that hydrilla and vegetation. Couldnt tell his head from his tail.Start pulling the stuff off him with a gaf, no help, only thing to do is reach in there and hope for the best.He jerked around and went straight for the boat mouth wide open.Chomp,chomp 2 feet down.Boyfriend yelled damn I just painted it!Needless to say I yelled back, forget the paint get the bangstick.Took 2 44.mag shots for him. Still dont think that sucker is dead, even today.Now my big boy, he almost broke my arm and its still not healed, got him all the way in the boat,he jerked his head, caught my arm between his head and the cage.Last year,one literally jumped straight up out of the water and bit thru our friends boot. Shot of anti-biotics, he was good to go.We laugh about it now!
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...