Rattling Instructional: Seasonal Rattling (Episode 2)

now there's different types of tactics

and styles are rattling throughout the

course of the year earlier in the year

early season the deer just kind of

losing their velvet they're going around

they're you know they're rubbing on

trees they're polishing their racks off

they're still kind of hanging out with

each other a little bit you know so you

know that maybe feeling each other out

kind of exploring what's on the top of

their heads you just kind of tickle in

and just kind of you know you'll still

get to draw some deer in with some light

tickling and some light rattling because

they're still gonna be curious and want

to know hey what's going on you know

what's going on over here they hear it

and you know it's just kind of mingling

with one another and you know they're

just curious and checking things out and

just seeing how things are going so

here's what I'm kind of talking about

just imagine the deer kind of low in

their head coming into one another and

there's something just really light

something real you know not extremely

combative I mean it can go on for a long

period of time or a short period of time

they're still hanging out with each

other so they're around one another so I

mean they could be going at for a little

while it's kind of like you hanging out

with your buddies you know maybe you're

shoving each other around or just kind

of you know messing around little bit of

horseplay you know and it's kind of

getting you know a feel for what's on

top of their head and how things are

going and so if you can actually kind of

tickle mimic some of that stuff early

season you're gonna draw that curiosity

because you know they're still hanging

out and they want to check out see

what's going on they want to see who's

in the area check it out

you know what's the competition look

like this year and the same thing for

the dulls that those might be curious

come in like okay where these Bucks got

going on over here we're kind of you

know what kind of Buxar in the area that

they're kind of looking for they're just

kind of feeling each other out and

you'll still be able to bring deer in

just a little light tickling or sparring

early season now a good scenario to

actually like implement and use this

early season rattling technique is find

the core area we see a lot of bachelor

buck groups hanging out and you want to

slide in there and what you can do is

just a little bit of that light tickling

or sparring whatever you want to call it

and that's gonna be in a good spot to

actually kind of bring in and/or entice

a buck earlier season or maybe adult and

you know there's different ways you can

do it too maybe you want to sound like a

little bit more of a mature buck you

know maybe get the tines in a little

deeper on each other so you in the

bigger thicker places making that

contact a little deeper sound

or if you want to sound like a couple of

little young ones you know keep it on

the tips and get that little lighter

song kind of what you're trying to

portray at that time so now I'm just

gonna cut demo what I was explaining

before first time we show a little

scenario warmer and do a little bit more

mature buck on you come in on the fatter

meteor parts of these and you're

grinding and ticklin give me more you

know you're three four year olds versus

if you stay on the tips that's gonna be

more your one two year old type deer so

that's gonna be kind of you're more

mature deer if that's what you're trying

to go for in the scenario depending on

the deer that in the area that you're

observing whatever you're trying to

create as you notice it's not just a

consistent tick or rattle - I mean the

deer will pause from time to time they

might even you know pull back from each

other and just kind of keep their heads

down for a few seconds and then

re-engage so I mean there's not just a

consistent rattling always going on it's

kind of ebb and flow and you know this

is random as everything else there is

out in the woods and now if you just

kind of pulled off the tips you're gonna

get more of your you know one to two

year old range they don't really have a

lot of times so you you don't have to

worry about getting too much rattling

going on it's just something light in

just something tickling

and those are just some different

variations you kind of throw into your

rattling when you're early season you

know just depending on what kind of

bucks you're observing in the area it

depends on what kind of scenario you

want to throw out there this just kind

of allows you to throw in some

variations on everything so that brings

us into the pre rut now this is gonna be

your premiere time to be rattling like

this is the time everybody who's waiting

for word to get out and if they got the

black rack rattling antlers this time

they're itching to get out and get them

and actually use them so right now all

the deer have their hormones kicking in

they're all ready to breed the dough's

might not necessarily be ready right now

but all the Bucks are ready and they're

even cruising outside territories so

they're really curious and when you get

to rattling I mean it's just something

that essentially is gonna just trigger

them I mean they can hear this sound

from long ways away and they'll be

coming in they'll be working their way

into that sound to check out what's

going on now there's really no such

thing as over rattling at this time I

mean we're talking pretty intense

battles to mean even sometimes they're

battling to the death so things are

getting pretty tense your sequences can

be long longer and they're gonna be

about as aggressive as you want to make

them so when we're demo here is what I

just got done explaining you know a lot

more intense and come together hard

could be quick could be you know a lot

longer though because they're really

aggressive this time here

so as you can see it's not just a

constant grinding and going at each


there's pauses they're pushing they're

moving each other around they're not

just engaging and just smashing their

heads back and forth constantly you know

they're actually battling and they're

pushing and trying to move each other as

much as they can and they really

fighting one another so every sequence

is gonna be different you know you could

have one that just and then that's it

you know they just smash kind of grind

and then they pull off you know they're

just like well he's overpowering me

otherwise he could get into some battles

where they're just gonna keep going and

going cuz it's just an all-out war you

know when you're doing this you're gonna

be rattling multiple times you know

throughout your sit most likely so just

kind of switch it up different scenarios

different fights just like in the real

world so another thing you can do to

kind of change up your rattling

sequences is maybe throw a few grunts in

before kind of set up the fight that's

about to happen but one thing you really

don't want to do is once that sequence

is over is you need to get your black

rack put it away and you need to get

your bowl ready because what's gonna

happen is you know when it might be five

seconds and it might be five minutes but

you're gonna come in and they're gonna

be checking things out I mean you might

even have two or three deer come into

one rattling sequence so you really need

to be ready at this time because they're

really getting triggered by this

rattling it's pulling off those

instincts and they're gonna come in and

check it out so you better get that bowl

ready in that black rack down so you can

actually do what you need to do now

after pre what you're gonna work more

into your peak rut or even to your

lockdown and once you kind of you know

just pay attention to your surroundings

and what you're seeing half

wild if you start seeing you know less

bucks and less doze maybe you know more

abundance of fawns and yearlings running

around that means they're more breeding

and they're kind of stuck into that and

you can rattle but you don't want to go

overboard because you can just end up

you know alerting the deer like hey I'm

here every single day keep on rattling

and rattling and you're just gonna burn

your spot out and burn you know you're

rattling technique out so you just need

to kind of hold up a little bit maybe be

a little patient and you know once that

post rut kicks back in that's we're

gonna be able to start rattling a little

bit more like you were in the pre rut

you know that's where this can become

more effective for you so now we move

into the post rut this is gonna be your

second best chance to you know use your

rattling techniques throughout the

season the deer gonna start getting up

they're gonna be getting really

aggressive you know they're all

searching for those last couple doze

that are still in heat or just still in

estrus that they can breed

you know the supply of doze is going way

down and the demand is staying really

high so they're gonna be coming out

there they're gonna be exploring outside

their territory that they normally don't

go and they're really gonna be

aggressive trying to find these dough's

so in this scenario what you want to do

is you know we can use some calling and

you can support it with some rattling a

great tactic to use this time of year is

throw out a doe Esther sleep and then

throw in some breeding grunts maybe a

couple present like there's two deer

coming in support that with some strong

aggressive rattling now you've painted

the picture in a scenario that there's

two bucks competing over one of these

last dough's and estrus and it's just

gonna drive them nuts and he's just

gonna have to come in check it out and

see what's going on and the pulse reps

are really good time to bring back those

pre-rut tactics really get aggressive

with them again and get that one last

time a good use out of these black racks

now come late late season you can still

carrier black racks with you on the

field I wouldn't make rattling my main

tactic well we're kind of again you know

reverting back to a little bit more of

the early season style this is gonna be

like tickling one another they're kind

of grouping back up with one another and

throughout the year as long as they have

some headgear on top of their heads

they're always gonna be you know

engaging and you know just tickling and

feeling each other out so you're just

kind of back to maybe some light

tickling and it's gonna be more just to

let other deer know that you know

there's deer in the area and they might

intrigue them to make them interested to

come check things out so now that we've

gone through a season of rattling

some things to remember is to avoid

repetition rattling in the same stand

doing the same sequences that you're

gonna pattern you're doing that so you

want to avoid that everything in nature

is random so let's try and you know

mimic that as best as possible and some

great tips is to just kind of you know

use your observations on the deers

behavior and what they're doing out in

the wild and use that to dictate how

you're gonna try to communicate with

them throughout the season for more tips

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