How To Rattle in Bucks With One Hand

Minimize movement by mounting an antler to your stand.

This easy-to-make rig allows a hunter to rattle one-handed.

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This easy-to-make rig allows a hunter to rattle one-handed.Travis Rathbone

The movement required to rattle in a buck can torpedo the best setup, especially when a wise whitetail hangs up in thick brush. This easy-to-make rig allows a hunter to rattle one-handed, with minimal movement, to draw in big deer. The rig installs easily on stands with catwalk-type floors. You'll need to drill a hole in the floor of wooden stands.

Modifying the Antler

  1. Cut the head off a 3⁄8-inch threaded bolt, leaving about a 6-inch shaft. Drill a hole in the base of the antler to accept the shaft; move the bit back and forth to widen the hole. Set the shaft in the hole with two-part epoxy, making sure that approximately 4 inches extends beyond the antler base.

  2. Thread two 3⁄8 x 11⁄4-inch rubber washers and one 3⁄8 x 11⁄2-inch fender washer on the shaft; follow with another fender washer and two rubber washers. Attach the wing nut.

  3. Drill a 3⁄16-inch hole horizontally through the bottom of the other antler base. Tie off 3 feet of black bungee cord.

In the Stand

  1. Mount the antler so that the two fender washers are against the top and bottom of the treestand floor. Tighten the wing nut.
  2. Tie off the bungee-equipped antler to a shooting rail or nearby tree limb directly above the mounted antler.
  3. To rattle, grasp the top antler and tickle the rack below.
If you hunt out of a climbing tree­stand, you can still rattle one-handed.
If you hunt out of a climbing tree­stand, you can still rattle one-handed.Dan Marsiglio

The Dangling Rig: Try "Tickling" a Deer

If you hunt out of a climbing tree­stand, you can still rattle one-handed. Just tie on a longer length of bungee cord [a] and then sink the other antler in the ground below you. Pull up on the cord and then lower it, causing the antlers to clack against each other. To a buck, the slight tickling will sound like a fight winding down.