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My first time whitetail hunting I tried using calls but all they did was scare the deer away! WHAT DID I DO WRONG!?!

Question by M Fet. Uploaded on February 27, 2009

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from Sharkfin wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Next time try just sitting a watching quietly. Don't do any calling at all and see what happens. Chances are you were too aggressive with your calling or possibly moved too much.

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

hes right don't call to much and when u do call softly
and increase the vounmle as needed

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from pumakitchen wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Calling is all about timing, if you call when they can clearly see that their are no other deer they are going to spook. Time of year is also important, calls can work at any time but they are most effective during the rut. Outside the rut bucks are much more cautious. The previous two posts had it right, you have to control your calling, much of the time "less is more."

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

The above is good advice. I have shot more deer than I can remember (no brag, just fact) and the only call that has worked for me is the buck "growler" type grunt call. I use the one by MAD and have called in 2 ten pointers and shot them both with Arrows in the last 2 years. You can see them both in my profile photos pg 3 or 4. Just click my name then photos. BTW not saying other calls don't work. They just didn't work for me. Keep in mind most deer will circle downwind smell you then leave.

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from sayerbefiddlin wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

The first time I used a call I had a coyote come directly to my stand. Years went by before I figured out what I had done. I had been making a doe distress call by calling to quickly and making short blats. I have a friend who says "dont callem till you seeum" soon you find out what works the best for you. And the rest of your time you keep silent.

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

You should really know how to use a deer call before using them in the field. You dont really need them anyway, just wait and the deer often come to you anyway if your in the right spot.

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

What call did you use and what time of year was it?

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from koeka wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

also, if you hunt an area that has a lot of hunting pressure, the deer usually are much quieter during that time period, especially when they enter the field. I am partial to the fawn bleep myself...

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from em17 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

mostly you dont need a deer call but sometimes its alright to use but the best time to use it is during the rut.I usally dont use a call but when i do i use a grunt call and sometimes rattle antlers.

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from rjbedrock wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

All the above answers are good. It might be your movements and not the call.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I would guess that you called to much or during the wrong part of the season. Keep trying and you will get it right, but generally less calling is better.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 4 days ago

Agreed with Sharkfin answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from Sharkfin wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Next time try just sitting a watching quietly. Don't do any calling at all and see what happens. Chances are you were too aggressive with your calling or possibly moved too much.

+4 Good Comment? | | Report
from pumakitchen wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Calling is all about timing, if you call when they can clearly see that their are no other deer they are going to spook. Time of year is also important, calls can work at any time but they are most effective during the rut. Outside the rut bucks are much more cautious. The previous two posts had it right, you have to control your calling, much of the time "less is more."

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from rjbedrock wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

All the above answers are good. It might be your movements and not the call.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

hes right don't call to much and when u do call softly
and increase the vounmle as needed

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Del in KS wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

The above is good advice. I have shot more deer than I can remember (no brag, just fact) and the only call that has worked for me is the buck "growler" type grunt call. I use the one by MAD and have called in 2 ten pointers and shot them both with Arrows in the last 2 years. You can see them both in my profile photos pg 3 or 4. Just click my name then photos. BTW not saying other calls don't work. They just didn't work for me. Keep in mind most deer will circle downwind smell you then leave.

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from sayerbefiddlin wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

The first time I used a call I had a coyote come directly to my stand. Years went by before I figured out what I had done. I had been making a doe distress call by calling to quickly and making short blats. I have a friend who says "dont callem till you seeum" soon you find out what works the best for you. And the rest of your time you keep silent.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

You should really know how to use a deer call before using them in the field. You dont really need them anyway, just wait and the deer often come to you anyway if your in the right spot.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

What call did you use and what time of year was it?

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from koeka wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

also, if you hunt an area that has a lot of hunting pressure, the deer usually are much quieter during that time period, especially when they enter the field. I am partial to the fawn bleep myself...

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from em17 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

mostly you dont need a deer call but sometimes its alright to use but the best time to use it is during the rut.I usally dont use a call but when i do i use a grunt call and sometimes rattle antlers.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Big C wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

I would guess that you called to much or during the wrong part of the season. Keep trying and you will get it right, but generally less calling is better.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 4 days ago

Agreed with Sharkfin answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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