Deer calls?

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  1. loneranger

    loneranger Well-Known Member

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    What deer call do you like best. A call that makes both doe and buck sounds and you think is most realistic. A lot to choose from!!
     
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    I've had REALLY poor luck calling the past few seasons... not sure what the deal has been because I haven't done much different? Maybe I need a TreeThrasher?
     
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    I use my voice;) No grunt tubes required
     
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    I usually shot a doe then cut out the layrnx and blow threw it. Most realistic sound available.
     
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    I had one for years I liked but it quit. Guess I left it in garage thru winter too many times. I have NOT ever had a grunt produce anything but yearlings. Blind calling is out of the question in my set ups. Easy for a buck to sneak around and wind me. But just in the rare event that I see a mature buck cruising past out of range, I'd like to have something to throw a realistic call with.
     
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    I use a 15-20 year old True Talker still.
     
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    I had one of those once. Never quite knew tho where to put my fingers on it to get the right sound. A guy with quite a few trophies recommended it tho.
     
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    Man, sounds like my issues in high school!

    I never liked the TruTalkerat all
     
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    I liked the trutalker but was too quiet for windy days or any distance. I'm using a MAD growler now but usually keep it in my pocket.
     
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    Care to put that on U tube for us all to see?:)
     
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    It works;) Four bucks on my wall fell victim to it
    I could teach you how:rolleyes:
     
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    I found my true talker and I have a primos buck Growl. Sometimes when I have seen zero for a few days I am tempted to blind call. Only have one stand that is high. Fourteen ft. Most on here wouldn't consider that high. But with a south wind my scent mostly blows out across my neighbors open field where deer are not usually gonna come from. sometimes I think I'll just give a few grunts see what happens. Then I think possibly a buck was on it's way down a trail I am watching. At the sound I made he got suspicious and snuck around to get a scent. I might have ruined a traveling opportunity. Might educate an unseen buck.. I have blind called a time or two. Nothing to report. Called to a couple yearlings that came to the call. That's all. Have yet to see an old guy going past and tried to turn him around. Best case when to call.
     
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    I have had mine so long the rubber over the reed has broken off, I have to cup my hand over it to get it to work. I have taught myself how to make estrus bleats, fawn bleats and various tones of grunts. Just takes time to figure out where to place the rubber band. I can't begin to think of how many bucks I have brought in or close to "in" with the thing. Not saying its the best, but its really about the only thing I have ever used.
     
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    I have a buck growl and have had good luck with it. The buck in my avatar really liked it also. Don’t do much blind calling but once I see a buck then I will give a couple of short grunts and if that doesn’t get his attention I will do a loud growl with it.
     
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    Checked out the extinguisher call. Kinda nice that is slides to doe, fawn, or buck. No mystery where to put your fingers. Guess made for dummies but I kinda likie it.
     
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    Primos buck roar or whatever it’s called... basic green one with black tube. 100% my fav call by long shot. Only thing I’d change.... make it even louder if a guy could. It’s by far the best tone & volume so far. I had a true talker. Was ok & decent. I had that MAD growl- couldn’t get any good sound or distance - didn’t like it at all & liked true talker way better. I also got a primos roar with flexible tube - I do NOT like it. So the basic primos roar on mature buck grunt be my favorite thus far.
    I do not blind grunt hardly ever. Unless I’m bored & usually doesn’t work. Blind rattling maybe a little better but I don’t do that much either. BUT!!!!..... find an aggressive & dominant buck- different game. Let him hear a grunt or a light rattle - oh ya!!!!! Heck, been part of the game the last 4-5 bucks I’ve shot. I called in the dude last Sunday from 200 yards.
    It’s just a tricky thing & tons of cases where it does NOT work. But- in certain scenarios - awesome results.
     
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    Right Sligh,,Find a dominant buck for me! I assume you have to see one. Then call to him. If I see a 4 or 5 yr old buck he is usually within range in the first place. Only time I saw one at a distance, he was in HOT pursuit of a doe. And I know no call would have stopped him. Agree blind calling mostly a waste. Maybe I will see one to call to in coming weeks?
     
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    Do you ever try to sound like a doe? Just an angry buck? I have the primos Growl too. Figure it mostly scares the bucks in my area. Maybe sometimes a doe blat might help?
     
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    I have an old orange primos grunt tube with the Beatty buck on it that I found has the best sound; I also have an old Knight and Hale and Drury buck roar too though. I like the buck roar by Drury, but there's no volume on it without sounding like one of those noise makers from a kid's birthday party.
    I did call in the buck in my avatar, he was passing by at 70 yards, I grunted to stop him, grunted some more and he seemed uninterested, snort wheezed and he bristled up almost immediately and came on in.

    I actually can't remember the last time I grunted blindly. My approach to calling seems to be "less is more", unless the deer is in sight. Rattling blindly is a different story, with the right setup during the rut I'll rattle a ton. I remember doing a long bleating and grunting sequence in high school and then turning around to see a doe and two yearlings staring at me at 30 yds. They'd been there the whole time and received a good education.

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    I use buckroar and its hit or miss. First year they came out I felt I could call in any buck I could see, probably 80%+ success. Next year 0. There is a "right" sound in how you end the call that works really well.
    This guy has several videos that helped me.
     

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