Mid-South reporter Will Brantley and Northeast reporter Mike Bleech both posted reports that emphasize another critical skill, especially in the weeks ahead: calling deer. Brantley once again rattled in a buck on a recent bowhunt, and though he didn't tag the animal, his faith in rattling brought in a deer he might not have seen without the technique. I'm convinced that hunters who don't believe rattling works are usually not that persistent in their attempts. Remember, the mood of the deer (and also his personality) usually dictate whether he'll come to horns. The same buck that ignored your attempt one day may come trotting in the next. Bleech stressed the importance of working a grunt call in his game plan, and even discussed the importance of practicing with a call and tuning it. Here again, belief in calling, matched with some skill in using the technique, can help you get close to deer.