There are many places where rattling simply doesn't work that well, thanks to a skewed doe-buck ratio and a lack of mature animals. If that describes your area, you'll still be able to tickle antlers and bring in bucks, but you're better off sticking with grunting and doe bleats. Bring your antlers (I have mine on every hunt), but focus on soft talk. Set your stand in a transition area between bed and feed (if a funnel is there, so much the better), get situated well before first light, and plan to sit until at least noon. When you spot a cruising buck, hit him with grunts and doe bleats. If he doesn't hear you, tickle the antlers to get his attention, then immediately hit him with a grunt. By midday, if you haven't tagged out, move to a known major food source for does. The bucks will be there.