Location: From Grand Junction CO, stationed in Arizona
Don't give up
It’s always nice to visually confirm what your trail camera tells you. I went off of word of mouth that one of my big trail cam bucks was killed before I got to see him in the wild. Because of what I heard I didn’t go hunting in that area for him. I was upset with myself for not confirming the kill visually because the next spring just before they shed their antlers I found him and got some awesome film footage. Good luck tracking your buck down during season.
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...