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Solo Double-Calling

Click to enlarge Editor’s Note: I went to Texas to learn the double-calling technique for calling deer, which could involve two or three hunters. From what I saw and learned, I believe double-calling deer is much more effective than if a single person tries to call deer alone. With this tactic, I believe two or three hunters can see and take twice as many bucks in a day of hunting as one hunter can. In the early days of professional football, one athlete might play both offense and defense and be required to play several different positions on both the offensive and defensive teams. However, as the game developed, teams soon learned that having specialized players at each position on both offense and defense helped them perform more effectively, score more touchdowns on offense and stop more touchdowns being scored on defense than if one man tried to play two or three positions. From what I saw of double-calling, this philosophy also could be incorporated successfully into deer hunting.

I believe calling bucks with one or more friends is mClick to enlargeuch more entertaining and effective than solo-calling deer. However, if you hunt alone, you can double the effectiveness of your calling by combining rattling antlers with grunt calls when you attempt to lure in deer. No form of hunting aid always will produce a buck on any given day. But on some days, certain types of calls can and will be more effective than other calls. For instance, on one day you may not be able to get any deer to come to the sound of rattling antlers. However, you may have bucks run all over you if you begin to use the grunt call.

Instead of being an either/or deer caller, why not use both calls and double your effectiveness? I believe the best way to view the power of rattling antlers and grunt calls is to consider the rattling antlers as your long-distance call and the grunt call as your close-quarters call. Of course there also are sound arguments for why rattling antlers can be used as a close-in call and the grunt tube can beClick to enlarge utilized as a long-distance call. For instance, by only tinkling the antler tips together or barely raking a bush with antlers, you can give a soft, subtle call that will bring a deer in from 50 yards or less. By using a magnum grunt caller on a windy day with the wind at your back, you also may grunt up a buck 1/4-mile away.

However, the sound of rattling antlers generally can be heard at a much greater distance than a grunt tube can. I also believe that the sharp crack of the antlers may get the buck's attention faster than a muffled grunt call will. But when a buck is in close and can see those antlers moving when you rattle them, he also may spot you. Too, if he's a buck that has just been in a fight, he may not want to come closer for fear of getting in another altercation. However, if he hears a soft, grunting sound, he may think the battle is over, and the combat has waned to the point that the deer engaged in the fight pose no threat to him. Then he will come on in to where the hunter can see him. By using the grunt call Click to enlargewhen the buck is in close, you also can give the call without having to move your arms or hands. By reducing the amount of movement that the deer can see you drastically increase your odds for taking that buck instead of spooking him.

Deer calling is an evolving process of bringing deer to the hunter. Each year we learn more and better strategies for calling big bucks more effectively. However, as we loaded my 9-point-buck up and headed back to camp, I was more convinced than ever that using two calls and possibly two hunters was a much-more-effective way to lure in a trophy deer than only relying on one type of call.


Check back each day this week for more about DOUBLE CALL TO BAG BIG BUCKS...

Day 1 - Introduction to Double-Calling
Day 2 - Duet Calling
Day 3 - Trio Trophy-Buck Calling – The Shooter & The Rattler
Day 4 - Trio-Trophy Buck Calling - The Grunter
Day 5 - Solo Double-Calling



Entry 270, Day 4