To “GRUNT” or Not to “GRUNT” that is the question. Like all things pertaining to whitetail deer all hunters have their own way of hunting them. As a Call Maker of course I want everybody to own one and buy one from me, as a Guide I just want you to have one to up your chances of stopping that big old whitetail. I know that lots of you would think that this is a tool you wouldn’t even think about going into the woods without.
One year at my lodge we had 12 hunters show up and I asked them if they had a Grunt Call, to my surprise I was in shock when 8 of them never knew what one was. Most of us know what they are for and when to use them. I had to explain to them that it’s like fishing without bait. This is how I explained it to them
1. If you see a buck going through the timber too fast to shoot just give it a quick grunt to stop him for a shot.
2. They are very effective for bringing the buck in closer for a more ethical shot.
3. If you are not seeing anything it’s an extra tool to get them excited to come in.
What most people don’t know is that we use them year round to call in deer cause it is a vocal sound they use when traveling in the woods. When the rut arrives we use them all the time. Most people don’t know when a buck is trailing a hot doe, he grunts every time he steps.
The best two pieces of advices I can give anyone is to grunt every 15 minutes in the tree stand during the rut. We will usually sit the first couple of hours in the morning without calling and if we don’t see anything let the Grunting begin.
The second most effective calling for us is to sound like a buck chasing the doe. Just imagine a buck chasing a doe and every time he steps he lets out a grunt. The grunt comes out about every second. The first grunt we hold the tube down and the second grunt we bring the tube up like we are rocking in a chair. We let out about 10 grunts in a row and if there is a buck in the area he will come over thinking there is a buck chasing a hot doe and he wants part of the action.
Below is a picture of a buck my friend shot using the buck and doe chase sounds. He called in 4 bucks at the same time Halloween afternoon.
Don’t be afraid to pick up the grunt call and use it. It is something lots of us hunters forget about.
Below is a picture of the grunt call that we use.