I started in one when I was big enough to hold a rifle up to my shoulder. But then my dad was a rifle instructor in the army during WWII and only expected the best and would not settle for anything else. I remember one time in high school when we went rabbit hunting and I brought home a couple of cottontails that I had body shot with a .22. His only comment was that there was a lot of wasted meat on them thar rabbits. He expected head shots with the rifle but was lienent when I was using the shotgun but he expedted for me to pick out all of the pellets while cleaning them and before cookint them. He did teach me a lot of things about long range shooting and I never could shoot as well as he could but I keep trying.
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...