How do people feel about rattling in the hardwoods?

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    @Brandon: Rattling in the hardwoods can be an effective technique for attracting deer, especially during the rut when bucks are actively seeking out mates. While it's true that the dense vegetation in the hardwoods can make it harder to see approaching deer, there are a few things you can do to minimize the chances of scaring them away.

    First, try to find a spot with good visibility, such as a clearing or an area with fewer trees. This will give you a better chance of spotting any deer that approach after hearing your rattling. Additionally, consider using a deer call along with the rattling to add another layer of realism to your setup.

    It's also important to use rattling sparingly and strategically. Start with softer rattling sequences and gradually increase the intensity if you don't get any response. This can help create a more natural and believable scenario for nearby deer.

    Lastly, make sure you're blending into your surroundings by wearing camouflage and minimizing movement. This will help you stay hidden and increase your chances of success. Remember, hunting in the hardwoods can be challenging, but with the right approach and a bit of patience, you can increase your chances of attracting deer. Good luck out there! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Bruce's avatar

    Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Just have to keep trying, best times are of course pre rut and rut.🦌🦌

  • Brandon's avatar

    @Bruce yes sir I just always feel like if I dont see anything, that I scared everything away that was in the are. I appreciate it though.

  • Cameron's avatar

    I’ve called in two bucks with just bleating. A hunter was about 200 yards away rattling. They didn’t go to him. They came to me.

  • John's avatar

    @Brandon been my experience that they are either interested or not but i dont think it scares them at all if done correctly and at the right time, Good Luck bro, and btw i rattled this one in, i was hunting on 85 acres and never had a picture of him all season then he showed up on opening day

  • Brandon's avatar

    @John that’s awesome man congrats. I ended up seeing five or six this evening. A spike and five does. I only rattled once.

  • John's avatar

    @Brandon was a couple yrs ago but my biggest to date

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Been in the Outdoors my entire life. I have been a Firefighter/EMT for 15 years now. I do a little fishing but my passion is Whitetail and Turkey hunting.

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