How To Use A Deer Call
Want to learn how to use a deer call? Deer calls are all about mimicking certain sounds a deer makes in nature. The key is to understand what each deer sound means. This is where you get to use the experience of a deer call maker, which have studied the sounds and their meanings and have made calls designed to mimic them to fool the deer. There are five different sounds the deer makes, the buck grunt, the tending grunt, the doe in heat bleat, doe bleat, and the fawn bleat. This article will break it down into the five different calls.
Use of the buck grunt.
- Determine hunting phase. Buck grunts are most effective in the pre-rut phase of the hunting season. This call is used to tap into the bucks natural aggressive territorial dominance. This call is most effective until the rut starts.
- Do not over call. You will want to call enough, but not call to excess to where you make it sound as if there is an army of bucks. The buck will use this call as he moves through his area. Use the call a few times a minute.
Use of the tending grunt.
- Determine phase of the hunting season. This call is used when the rut has started. The call is used to mimic the sound made by the buck to ask the doe to stop for breeding. The call is used to tap into the bucks territorial behavior. If the buck thinks another buck is trying to breed his does, he will come running.
- Blow the call. This call is used in a series of ten to fifteen calls in a row, then there will be a pause before it can be used again.
- Use in conjunction with the doe in heat bleat. This call can be used in conjunction with the doe in heat bleat to really entice the buck.
Use of the doe in heat bleat.
- Determine phase of the hunt. This sound is used by the doe to announce to the bucks that she is in heat. This call is used during the rut to make the buck come into the area where he believes a doe is waiting. It can also be used post rut, and into the second rut phase.
- Blow call. This call is blown three or four times with short pauses in between each call, and then paused for a short time before repeating. It is slightly louder and more aggressive than other doe bleats.
- Use in conjunction with the tending grunt. This call can be used in conjunction with the tending grunt call to try to entice the dominant buck in an area.
Use of the doe bleat.
- Determine phase of the hunt. This call mimics the sound of the doe calling to keep her family together. The call is most effective early in the season or late after the rut when mating calls are not appropriate.
- Blow call. This deer call is best used in a series of one to three bleats with a short pause in between each call.
Use of the fawn bleat.
- Determine best use of the call. This call mimics the sound that a fawn makes when scared or in trouble. This call appeals to the doe and will bring her in. The call also can appeal to the buck because bucks tend to follow the does, especially before or after the rut. It is most effective before and after the rut.
- Blow call. This deer call is blown in single bleats, but can be used fairly often as a scared young, panicked animal might do.
Those are the basic deer calls, and how they are employed. Calling is an art form, which usually takes some practice to master. The most common error is over calling, or calling too aggressively if there are only immature bucks in an area. The good thing about calling is, it is fun to practice. Good luck with your hunt.