I've used real antlers, artificial antlers and a rattle bag. My experience is that they have all had similar results. In my humble opinion, the rattle bag is the way to go, simply because they are the easiest to carry.
Save your money and wait 'till antlers start to drop. Or you can use a pair off a buck you or a friend has killed earlier. An old European mount mabey. When you do, heat some vegetable oil and rub it into the antlers to keep them from bleaching. It also helps preserve them and keep a "more realistic sound", I got my pair from a neighbor who was throwing away an old mount and dad got his set at the close of the season when the dog dragged a head into the yard. Some people claim they're "more Cumbersome" I say they're just "harder to lose."
Have you thought about a trip out west for big game? Have you dreamed about what it might be like to ride horseback through the beautiful Rocky Mountains, while looking for deer or elk? Have you dreamed maybe of traveling to Canada for a moose, elk, bear or deer hunt? Have you wondered what it might be like to see the wild Alaskan bush?
Well, I have a little advice for those who have wondered those, or similar thoughts. JUST DO IT!! If you think you might enjoy it, my bet is that you...