The Art of Rattling
In 25 years as a deer guide at Carleton Lodge on Anticosti Island, Quebec, Denis Pedneault has used rattling antlers to bring in more than a thousand bucks during pre-rut, full-rut, and post-rut conditions. Clearly, this man has a technique that works. I expected to witness a virtuoso performance filled with foot-stomping, branch-breaking, antler-clashing explosions of sound. Instead Denis merely clapped his antlers together like this: Click. Clack. Clackett. He did that just twice, without much force. The sound was slight, only a hint that two bucks had come together. Then Denis knelt in the shadows and laid the antlers beside him.