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Question by mjbooth. Uploaded on April 22, 2010
I've usually heard it called a "snort-wheeze" and it is a noise that deer make when they are alarmed - similar to raising their tail. It lets the other deer in the area know that they have detected a predator. I usually hear them do it when they have busted me by smelling me but haven't seen me. Oftentimes, they will move away twenty to fifty yards into some thick cover and keep up the snort-wheeze warning for 5 minutes or so.
It is very disheartening sound for a bow hunter.
I sometimes wonder how much of a warning it is. I have been bow hunting and had deer giving the snort wheeze when it seemed like it "thought" there was something out of place.. but at the same time it stuck around. It also can be a useful tool to get a rutting buck to come check things out. I don't know if it's a protector thing but we've called in bucks with the snort wheeze a number of times. In fact that's how I shot my archery buck this year..
The snort-wheeze is an aggressive, challenging vocalization bucks make, often pre-rut and during the rut, not to be confused with the blow or snort deer make when alarmed. They're totally different. Snort-wheeze at a buck you want to challenge (like after a rattling sequence, if he comes in but hangs up out of range), but be prepared, subordinate bucks will often flee from it. A snort-wheeze is often affective when used with a buck decoy, but not if the target buck is smaller than the decoy.
It is typically an agressive vocalization made by a whitetail buck. I've only herd it once in the wild. I had a buck come up and grunt in a cane break near my stand site. I grunted back and he shot out of the cane right in front of me looking for a fight. He stood up the hackles on his back and made a text book snort wheeze. He then received 165 grains of hot lead.
Like Bee I've only heard the snort wheeze once in the woods. I'm not yet sold on the idea of it being an effective call to lure a buck in only because it is seldom heard. But I will admit I do not know what it means in deer talk.
A classic snort-wheeze is basically a way for am aggressive buck to say BACK THE $%&@ UP!
I've not heard it in the woods, except when i've done it. I have had bucks come to it several times. I've seen it on video many times and it's quite easy to mimic by mouth. It is part of every rattling sequence i do... but i'm no expert!
whitetail freek hit it pretty good
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