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Old 11-12-2009, 04:48 PM
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Default What's the best call for here?

I have an area which I am hunting where I know there are does. Im not sure if there is a buck or not but there have been bucks that come to this area in the past and if the does are here I dont see why they wouldn't be. This is southern maine and I dont know how full swing the rut is yet. I have a primos can doe in heat call and then a 7 in 1 tube call. Im not sure what would be the best call to use right now. I do have a doe tag for this area so if a good sized girl comes walking ill be goin home with it. Although this is my first deer I dont want to pull a 6 month old deer out of these local woods so the deer population keeps back there. If from what ive said you guys think there could be a buck then I'd love to get it buck a doe would be great. any advice on what call I should use? how many calls in a row i should use? and how often should I call? Also will a doe come to the sound of my can call of another doe in heat? thanks or any other tips or tricks would be awsome. Thanks to all.

Last question, I have 3 scents, buck urine, tinks 69 doe in heat, and a sweet acorn smelling scent. which would be the best and what will each attract?

Thanks again all of you that have answered my questions thus far are awsome and I hope yall continue to answer them so well

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Old 11-12-2009, 06:23 PM
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all of what ronn said is right. Sometimes a call will bring them in like a magnet and other times it seems like they are all deaf. During the rut I like estrus scents. This isn't an endorsement but I like Code Blue and Golden estrus. I use both products separate on mock scrapes. Both bucks shot this week in PA came to scrapes with scent wicks. My son used antlers and grunt call to entice his buck to come to the wicks. I don't use food scents ever. The buck I hit was down wind of two scent wicks over mock scrapes and came right in. I'm not a big fan of Tinks products, plenty of deer though have been taken using them. I added a estrus can call this year and can't say if they are productive or not. I like to place two scent wicks up wind of my stand 20 yds out and 20 yds apart in a Y pattern from my stand, this also sets me up for bow range. I try to locate thick cover behind me that bucks like and entice them to check out the scents. This has the buck come in behind and walk away from you for the 1/4 ering shot or sometimes the best broadside shot as they sniff around the mock scrapes. Hope this gives you some info to try.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:35 PM
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I'm with ronn, the calls could make them leave or make them come right in...seems like I've seen more times where the call(both doe & buck calls) ran the deer off, or they just flat didn't respond at all....and it sure seems like the does are the 1st ones to jet too....which they usually take the bucks with them

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Old 11-12-2009, 07:18 PM
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zach, I wouldn't really try to call a doe in, maybe maybe a fawn bleat, in a sequence of three bleats spaced apart of 20 minutes. I wouldn't keep doing it though, maybe three sets and stop. Your best bet with what you have is to set up for a doe shot using the wind, trails and natural food source. If the deer are rutting then use the Tinks 69 over a real scrape or mock scrape. A estrus can call could be used, I can't verfy their effect yet. I like early morning hunts with overcast sky and if misty out all the better.
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Old 11-12-2009, 07:46 PM
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I've always said if a person is going to use calls they should practice out of season first
and then give it a try when you think the time is right during the hunting seasons.
More often than not you'll just spook the deer away by not knowing how or when to use the calls, It's how we all learn, trial and error.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:12 PM
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I am from the other side. I use calls all the time with little to no negative effects. I also never hunt without the use of scents unless I forgot to bring the RIGHT scent with me.

The trick to using calls is two fold. First is to only use enough volume for the deer to acknowledge the call. This can be just the twitch of an ear or tail, Or it could even run right at you. The thing is you are not calling a dog. Many times the deer will stay its course only to circle down wind for awhile only to come in an hour later. Calls are something that takes much trial and error.

The second part is scent. You have to sell your call to the deer that you are the real deal and not some crazy hunter trying to run an arrow through him. Think of it this way, if you come home and your wife yells down stairs she has been baking cookies all day but your nose smells men's cologne what is your mind going to tell you.
You have to sell the whole product if you want a deer to buy from your store.
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