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Unusual calls for mule deer

In this month's North American Hunter magazine, there was a question about calling mule deer.  It seems they are attracted by or curious about rabbit in distress predator calls.  It is either a protective or curious instinct that brings them in.  Has anyone else ever heard of this?

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yep

Doesn't always work, but does on occasion.  Fawn distresses will occasionally work, so will rattling.

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I've never tried a rabbit

I've never tried a rabbit call. I'll have to give it a try if I can get out one more time before the season ends.

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Maybe.  Never tried much in

Maybe.  Never tried much in the way of calling for mulies.

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Just remember to keep an eye

Just remember to keep an eye out for bears and/or lions that may be attracted to the calling. I think I would stick with known calls unless you have a bear tag in your pocket.

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I know mulies are pretty

I know mulies are pretty curious animals but i find it strange that they wil come in using those types of calls. I'd be concerned about calling in a bear or cat and being caught off guard.LoL. I've alway wonderd if using grunts and bleats would work like they do for other deer types, you just never hear of people actually using them. When ever i hear stories of people using rabbit calls and stuff there actually hunting other game and the deer just come in to see whats going on.

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Grunts work for muleys

I've tried grunts, rattling, and bleats.  I like to try new stuff all the time and therefore have given different methods of calling muleys in a try.  One of the places that I hunt offers views out to 1/2 mile or more, and so, I have been able to try these different methods on deer that I have already spotted and was able to watch their reactions.  Never once was I able to get a positive result with rattling horns or bleats.  However, when using a grunt call, I have called multiple young bucks well with shooting distance.  The key work here is "young".  Last year, I actually called a small forkie in three times within an hour or so.  That little guy just kept coming back!  I've hunted with guys that laugh at me for even trying the grunt tube, but on a couple of occasions, I've had the last laugh when we watch a deer start sneaking in to our position!  I'm haven't tried the rabbit call, but I wouldn't doubt that you could get a curious enough muley in with any type of audible sound that is unusual.

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