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."
One for the Young at Heart in trying.
Whitetail hunting can be fun when you and a hunting partner want to make for some fast action during mid day hunts after morning stand hunting is over and waiting for your evening hunt. Few years back I wanted to demonstrate one of my methods to my son how two guys can make for some fast action during mid day hunting. The set up is for two people when the crops are usually off and the only cover left is...