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Ratteling black tails?

I have a friend who bow hunts the late season during the rut here in oregon, he claims to rattle in bucks every year, just wondering if anyone else does this with blacktails? and if it works very well?

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Ratteling blacktails

 I generally rifle hunt and the rut is generally in full swing after my season closes. But during the last week of season last year I heard some bucks sparing for the first time. They were only about 50 yds. off, but it was too thick to see. There was not much actual antler clashing, but a whole lot of stomping, pushing, shoving and grunts. Talk about getting your heart going, thought they would come out any time, but not that lucky.

Anyway, after that I did some reading (as I recall it was mostly whitetail related) I gave it several good attempts, the only response I got was from an irritated squirrel.

I too would love to hear from anyone else on the topic!

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most of the seaons are closed

most of the seaons are closed here in california during the rut I have rattled blacktails once while I was pig hunting in central Cal. Used an old shed we found. We could see two bucks started rattling and the bigger of the two trotted in our direction. The rut was in full swing just deer season was closed. I guess it could work.

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If I dont get a deer in the

If I dont get a deer in the early season I'm gonna try it. my friend swars by it so I guess I'll see.

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Rattling for Blacktails works

Rattling for Blacktails works really well in the late season here in Western Oregon. Use a rattle bag for best results. Start about the last week in October (last pasrt of the season for rifle hunters) or any time during the late Archery season (mid Nov through early Dec.) I got turned onto it by a friend who swore by it and after seeing the results, I am a big proponent of it myself. Good Luck!

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osagejake wrote:

Rattling for Blacktails works really well in the late season here in Western Oregon. Use a rattle bag for best results. Start about the last week in October (last pasrt of the season for rifle hunters) or any time during the late Archery season (mid Nov through early Dec.) I got turned onto it by a friend who swore by it and after seeing the results, I am a big proponent of it myself. Good Luck!

 

Thats good to know, if i dont get one in early season, I'll be hunting late archery in western oregon so I'll be trying it.

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We've had the best responses

We've had the best responses the 2 weeks before peak breeding and then during the next breeding cycle. The next tends to have more bucks fighting for receptive does, hence more response.

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rattling

osagejake wrote:

Rattling for Blacktails works really well in the late season here in Western Oregon. Use a rattle bag for best results. Start about the last week in October (last pasrt of the season for rifle hunters) or any time during the late Archery season (mid Nov through early Dec.) I got turned onto it by a friend who swore by it and after seeing the results, I am a big proponent of it myself. Good Luck!

The problem there for me is that I almost never hunt deer that late. I normally hunt deer with a muzzleloader or archery gear and therefore I haven't hunted them past September for the last few years. But we have tried rattling them in this early. I haven't had anything come closer than 300 yards while doing it and that deer only stood up out of his bed, looked in our direction and laid back down. You can imagine how I felt. Apparently I'm doing this wrong if I am boring the deer to sleep ha. 

My brother in law however has been able get them in close during the early season. I was kind of surprised but it has been working for him. Seems strange for a deer to come to horns only a couple days after he has scraped velvet but there could be something to it. 

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same

I'm in the same boat, I never hunt deer late enough for it to work so I've never tried it, but this year I'm hunting the late season so I'm kinda excited to try it out. I drew back a a few smaller 3x3's in the early season but didnt shoot cause i knew I still had the late season to get a big blacktail. only have 6 more weeks to wait. LOL

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I don't know why it wouldn't

I don't know why it wouldn't atleast be worth a shot.

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It Works!!

I grew up in Southern Oregon and have had great success rattling blacktails in the late season. The most important thing you can do is treat each attempt serious. When it works it really works. I've rattled in everything from a spike to a 20" plus non-typical. The last blacktail I killed with my bow came in like a racehorse and stopped at five yards.

It is hard to get it wrong just picture in your mind what two bucks look like when they are fighting and try to imitate it. Don't concentrate too much on violently clashing the antlers together, it's more of a shoving match. Some other things to consider are the sounds of a fight outside of the antlers. Don't be afraid to stomp your feet a bit or shake some brush. Just don't get so caught up in your fake fight that you are unaware of any approaching deer. Although I have seen monster bucks with their nose to the ground grunting like a pig, I use a grunt sparingly. In my experiences blacktails respond better to the horns than the grunt, but that's just me. If you have a feeling and think it will work for you, by all means give it a shot. After all having confidence in what you are doing is one of the biggest keys to success no matter what the situation.

One final thought. If your rattling antlers have eye guards on them. CUT THEM OFF! Your knuckles will thank you. Believe me, I learned the hard way.

Good luck. I hope this has helped.

Brent 

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