Has anyone tried to hunt blacktail/mulies with rattlin horns, grunt calls or scents especially in tall timber like i have here in the Sierra Nevada mtns? If so how'd you do, would you give it a shot again?
I have never tried it yet. All my hunting has been still hunting through tall timber or rolliing hills with oaks and i have done fairly well, it seems though every year its getting more and more difficult to locate deer. I read an article in California Game and Fish Magazine that said these tactics might work and to give them a try so I am gonna try this year and see what happens.
I found a place in the sierra nevadas where there was sign of bucks fighting. I made a stand there and saw some does. I was sure there was bucks around though they were surley comig into the small 50x50 clearing after dark. So i tried ratlling horns to try to intice them out early. I did raise some courosity from some mature does but no bucks. I only tried this one night though i am sure if i stuck with it i would have eventually seen a buck. It is just not my natural instinct to keep calling or rattling for deer as a blacktail hunter. If we get any cold weather next year during deer season i wil definately try again.
Here is an inexpenive and effective deer feeder I made recently.
No batteries to go dead, no hoisting it up in the tree, plenty of capacity, very easy to fill - so far, I love it.
I have made two of these and they are easy to build.
An empty 55 gallon drum, some 2x4's, some PVC tubing and fittings, a little bit of hardware and some paint - and you are ready to go.
I designed it so you can stand on the lower rung and fill it - the top is about 6.5 feet above the ground.
It holds about 375...