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More Grunt and Run with Bob Walker

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: Some people perform their best under pressure. When the last day of deer season and your last opportunity to hunt a trophy buck arrives, you must have the same dedication, poise and firm belief in your strategy as a star football player does in fourth quarter to bag your buck of a lifetime.

”Get into your tree stand before daylight, and grunt softly just when enough light glows to see for shooting,” Walker explains. “As the sun brightens up the day, imitate the sounds a buck makes while chasing a doe or that several bucks will make if all chase the same estrous doe.” You either must set up on the edge of a thicket or in a thicket where you can see 50 to 100 yards away to observe the buck as he approaches. When a buck chases a doe, he grunts almost continuously with short bursts of air as his lungs bounce. Fast, short grunts on a grunt tube imitate these sounds.

Click to enlarge”As a buck chases a doe, he doesn’t run, walk or trot at the same speed,” Walker reports. “When he changes the speed of his gait, his lungs and internal organs bounce to a different rhythm. Therefore, vary the pace of your calling as you go through your grunting series.” Using a tube-type grunt call, Walker points the barrel of the call at the ground and moves the call around the tree in which his tree stand rests. He throws the call and makes the grunts sound like a buck moving in the area of the stand. If you make the sounds of a buck running and chasing a doe but don’t move those sounds around your tree, your grunting may not call in bucks.

”I use the loudest grunt call I can find that won’t break the grunt when I blow it hard,” Walker emphasizes. “If you use a loud grunt call, you always can blow that call softer to call in a close buck. But you can’t loudly blow a soft grunt call without the call’s breaking up. If a buck doesn’t hear the sound of your calling, the grunting has no effect. To penetrate a large expanse of thick cover where a trophy buck may hold, you need to use an extremely loud grunt call. I think Click to enlargewhen a buck hears a loud grunt call, he can’t tell if the grunt sounds louder than a real grunt call.” By extending and collapsing the tube part of the call, Walker gives the call a different voice, making the call sound as though more than one deer is in the region.

”I grunt continuously as long as I can when using the call,” Walker explains. “I can blow the grunt call constantly for about 45 seconds without becoming winded. I then wait for about a minute and grunt again for another 45 seconds.” The entire time Walker blows the grunt call and waits between calls, he holds his rifle, prepared for the shot. “Expect the buck to come running to you,” Walker mentions. “Using this tactic, you stand right outside his bedroom window and dare him to come out and fight. If you call effectively, an angry buck will want to come in and whip you quickly. Be ready for him.” Walker has observed often that as long as a buck hears grunting, the deer will move toward him. But, sometimes when the grunting stops, so does the buck.

Click to enlargeTo keep a buck moving toward me, I never wait more than one minute between calls,” Walker advised. “If you can see the buck, call for about 30 seconds, stop for 30 seconds, and then begin your calling sequence for another 30 seconds. By pausing between your grunts, you allow the buck to stop from time to time. But don’t let him become disinterested in your calling.” Walker continues this grunting sequence for about 15 minutes at first light. He’ll then stop calling for 5 minutes and call again for another 15 minutes. ”If after 30 minutes of calling,” Walker says. “If I fail to see a buck, I’ll come out of my tree stand, put on my camouflage headnet and gloves, move very slowly and quietly 150 to 200 yards to another thicket, sit on the ground and repeat my calling sequence once more. I’ll run and grunt until a buck appears.”

Walker wears full camouflage when he utilizes this grunt-and-run strategy with Mossy Oak Fall Foliage pants to blend with the leaves on the ground and a Mossy Oak Treestand shirt to resemble the trunk of a tree and the branches of bushes just above the ground. “Never grunt while you walk,” Walker advises. “When you hunt the last day of the season, nervous hunters may mistake you for a deer if you sound like one. Always have a clear view in front of you and a tree wider than your shoulders behind you when you grunt.”




Check back each day this week for more about FOURTH AND 40 BUCKS...

Day 1 - Bucks At the End of the Season
Day 2 - Grunt and Run
Day 3 - More Grunt and Run with Bob Walker
Day 4 - Fool Them With Decoys, Scents and Antlers
Day 5 - Continue to Push


Entry 278, Day 3