On a map you can see Fort Peck Lake, the "Breaks" are located around that. Most people refer to the land south of the CMR refuge as the Breaks. It's rough, broken, dry country. Low deer densities, but excellent trophy genetics.
Oops, I see this is in the Elk forum...... When we deer hunt there, we always see WAY more elk than deer. In fact, usually we see more mature bulls than deer total. Rifle tags are very hard to draw, about a 2% draw last I knew. Bow tags are a gimme, but with all the yahoos and their bugles, getting one to respond is a bit tougher. For bowhunting, the north side is better as they limit the bow tags as well. The most successful archers up in that country mostly stalk the elk rather than to call them. One guy I know from Glasgow has taken 6-8 mature bulls on the north side of the lake in the last 10 years or so, all by stalking. Last year though, a good hunting buddy of mine drew a rifle tag for the north side. We hunted hard for the morning, and at about 11:00 we found the main herd, 200 or so. We had a hard time waiting for one bull to separate from the herd, but one finally did and he dropped him with one well placed shot from his .270. It wasn't a monster, a nice 5x5, but it was his first elk so it was a real trophy.
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...