Western Hunting Journal, Sneak Peak WHJ_Short - Page 42

TECHNIQUE I alarm to the tinkling of raindrops on the tin roof of my trailer. Oh crap, I thought. Not exactly the weather I was anticipating on this hunt. Granted, in the high country where I was going to be hunting it might be falling as snow. Unlike their blacktail brethren, northern mountain whitetails don’t really seem to like low pressure systems. They often bury deep in the cover and don’t seem to move much until the pressure starts rising again. In fact, some of my best hunting has occurred on those clear crisp (read cold!) days. Those are the times it seems these animals move the most. The plan for the morning was to go to one of my favorite spots, a piece of timber company land where everything is gated off. Even better, there’s a sign on the gate that says walk-in’s welcome, but no ATVs. For Idaho this is a pretty big exception to WOKE WAY BEFORE MY one of Kaboth’s go to ways at locating these secre- tive deer. Our plan for the morning was for Kaboth to show me how he generally went about rattling sets. A guy would have to be a complete fool not to try and learn from a guy who’s had way more success with a technique than himself. We arrived at my gate about 15-minutes before first light. We grabbed our gear and started hiking towards some of my favorite spots. I was taking Kaboth into areas where I traditionally saw quite a few deer. The benefit of hunting this spot is I’ve hunted it for over 12-years, and in that time my friends and I have killed quite a few nice bucks. This gives me a good idea of the areas the deer frequently use, so it allowed us to set up to rattle in areas where I’ve previously had seen or killed quite a few animals. The first area we started calling was a 10- to WINNING WHITETAIL the normal rule. Generally, gates only limit full size vehicle travel, but ATV and UTVs are allowed; so when finding an area that’s limited to walk-ins, it’s pretty dang cool! The downside is some people still ride their quad’s right on by the gate, but it’s rare. During this hunt I was staying at my good friends Dieter and Loren Kaboth’s home (there were four of us on this trip, and they ran out of bedrooms, so I opted to stay in their camper out front.). Dieter is a hunting fool, just like myself, and besides being hunting addicted, we’ve also both worked in the outdoor industry for more than 20 years. He also is a calling specialist, and has won the World Elk Calling Championship four times. To say he likes to use calls while hunting might be a slight understatement. While I’ve suc- cessfully rattled in a few deer, it’s never been one of my most successful techniques, but conversely, it’s 80 WESTERN HUNTING JOURNAL 12-year-old clear-cut that’s now more re-prod than cut. There are openings where you can see 30 to 80 yards, but only in tight shooting lanes. Kaboth thought this would be a prefect place to try our first set. We split up so we were looking dif- ferent ways and at different ground. Kaboth started his rattling sequence, and rat- tled for about 15 to 20 seconds. He added some realistic stomps along with the rattling sequence. I stood stock-still, letting my eyes wander back and forth to the lanes I could see. After the first call- ing sequence, Kaboth waited about two to three minutes, and started another bout of rattling. This lasted about 15 seconds, but with less stomping. As the forest again grew still, I continued to let my eyes wander through the different shooting lanes I was observing. Kaboth had told...Subscribe to read more... GAME Using Northern Idaho as testing ground, here are four proven methods to score a buck. By John Childs