That is a unique season set up. Really cool though. I like it. It definitely gives you the best chance at rattling in a big buck if you did not fill your tag in the early season. It allows you to hunt a lot more. Pretty darn neat. Good luck on both of your hunts. I can not wait to see some pictures of some bucks that got rattled in.
I didn't get a chance to archery hunt at all the first season so i'll be going out the late season also. Anyone know anything about the Travel mangement areas by Mill City? I think there is one south of 22 and one North? Any suggestions for an access point coming from the East side? If we get snow, will they still be up there?
I'm assuming your talking about Mill city down by salem? I havent hunted down there since i was 12 so 18 years ago.lol. From my experience the deer dont come down to far till the snow get s really deep, in a typical year early to mid DEC. From what i hear there is still good hunting down in that area, not too sure how crowded it gets during archery season but in rifle it can get pretty busy. I hunt a little farther north in the santiam unit about 30 miles south east of estacada. when i would rifle hunt i would always go scouting after season during the first 2 weeks of archery season and i would see deer around th 3000-3500' range. hope this helps, good luck with the upcoming hunt.
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...