Rattling ( when is it good to rattle in rifle season?)
I like to use a tarsal gland while rattling. They circle downwind and expect to smell what they are hearing. I like to rattle just prior to the peak of the rut and again just prior to the (second cycle, the week after thanksgiving here).
I think doe calls (soft grunts, contact grunts) work all the time. They call bucks and does. I give a soft grunt or two all day long every time I hunt, every 20 to 30 minutes.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...