Western Hunting Journal, Premiere Issue whj001_premiere - Page 86

TECHNIQUE These slopes have a tendency to have a lot of buck brush on them, and the animals seem to love bedding in this cover. This can be a great place to set up and glass. In fact, some locals specialize in this type of hunting where they can set up and glass 200 to 500 yards away and sim- ply shoot from their perch. This can be super effective in the last couple weeks of the season, as the bucks begin cruising much more often looking for receptive does. Rattling Rattling is another often-em- ployed tactic that can be su- per effective. I touched on this earlier, but I’ll add a few com- ments here. First, rattling in the morning 84 WESTERN HUNTING JOURNAL and evening when the deer are moving is much more effective than rattling in the middle of the day. Originally, I had always used rattling as my mid-day technique, trying to draw deer to me that were already bedded. I had some success doing this, but never quite as much as I thought I should. Hunting with Kaboth, I learned he primari- ly uses this technique during times when deer movements were highest, and his success rates have been considerably better than my own. By rattling mornings and evenings, you’re taking advantage of times when the deer are already up and moving, and you have a much higher chance a coaxing a buck into your set. Rattling in close cover makes much more sense than rattling open areas. Deer are secretive animals by definition, prefer- ring to move through country that’s harder to see. They love using funnels and all sorts of screening cover to get where they are going. Bucks have an even higher likelihood of us- ing cover in this manner than does. Rattling in big openings is less effective because mature bucks are less likely to come out in the ope