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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Excessive Rattling

I was in my stand last week and had a guy within 100 yards of me rattle for 3-4 min straight every 30 min for 3-4 hours. His next sequence was predictable. He was way over aggressive for this time of year. When he started this fiasco I was observing a deer about 80 yards from me and it blasted out of there as fast as you can imagine. I think it was a spikehorn. I wanted to rattle this guys cage but hunters need to cope with other hunters. I did not approach this hunter nor did he know I was there. I did not want to educate this guy to the wherabouts of my ladder stand.

In my honest opinion, where I hunt in Southern New Hampshire rattling does not work. This is one of several rattling incidents I have observed in the past 25 years that cause me to think this way. Where I hunt the doe to buck ratio is high so the bucks do not have to compete as much as in other areas of the country. This guy is applying South Texas style hunting to NH. Most likely watching too many hunting shows.

Has anyone else had similiar experiences? I assume that this guy was a newbie. If I meet up with him I will let him now what happened so he can learn from his mistakes.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 12:03 PM
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Roz you made me laugh. Man don't get me started on this one. Flip side is everyone needs to learn sometime and just my oppinion is speak with him and lend a helping hand for it will only help you in the long run.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 12:06 PM
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I see it more with grunt calls and scents. I guess the advertisments and hunting shows are doing their job coz everyone has them and uses them like it's a sure thing everytime. I have begun to think you have a better chance if you don't use that stuff in areas of higher hunter pressure.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 01:58 PM
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Other than trying to use the other hunter to your advantage, I think I would do just like you don't let him know you are there. He may decide the area doesn't have any bucks and will leave. I do use real antlers during the rut along with doe in heat scents. I believe they work at least 25 % of the time which may give me an advantage for that moment. I don't over use the horns but if I see a nice buck not turning my way I'll give him a short sequence and a couple of grunts from a call, hopefully thats the ticket.

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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 02:32 PM
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I'd set up my stand about 200yards downwind from his stand location. He might actually get a buck to check out what's going on...and you know if something don't sound quite right they will check out the scent first.

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 03:03 PM
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To many magazines and videos for that fellow. I do like to rattle but this time of year it just takes a tickle on a quiet morning to bring them in.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-29-2008, 02:08 PM
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only once in my life has rattling ever worked, and the rut was full swing!!! I have grunted in some bucks, and I also (many times) have seen bucks moving through and they act like they dont even hear it. So who knows???
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-11-2013, 03:09 PM
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That is funny.=D I also hunt so. NH. that happens so much I have given up teaching and do something I probably shouldn't I call back with a grunt tube. I know it's wrong and I promise not to do it this year.
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-11-2013, 04:47 PM
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Like I've said in the past, rattling and scents have their place. They are simply tools and one needs to understand their use. Just this past week in PA we had young bucks respond to rattling (lightly) and scent use. The rut is just now starting in PA so all bets are off. It's all a chess game and each of us gets to play as we wish too.
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-12-2013, 04:43 AM
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I agree HM I also think how well it works depends on the Buck to doe ratio my area we seem to have a lot more does then bucks yes they will "fight" but not like other areas where there are a lot more bucks
Not to say it won't work here because it does but to me the amount of times here it won't work far out ways the times it does I will try light rattling during the rut

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