How To Call Whitetail Deer
Most of us have the tendency to hunt reactively; with other words, we sit in a hunting stand or still hunt and only react when the game appears. Using a call (regardless your hunting method) is a handy help that can be used to get the attention of the deer. Under the right circumstances, using a call will bring the game in a favorable shooting position. Contrary to common thoughts, basically all North American game species (including whitetail deer) make unique vocalizations through the entire year (not just only in the breeding periods). Whitetail deer, elk, antelope and moose make very distinct sounds which they use for communication purposes (especially around breeding periods).
Another mistake people do is to change their position too often - it is highly recommended to have patience and not change your location very often although you won't get major results in the first attempts. Remember that if you call properly the deer will come, it is just a matter of time, have patience and you will get the expected results.
Every game call has its own place and time; if the deer you are communicating with is approaching it is advisable to stop calling (you should continue only if the deer hesitates for more than a short pause). Keep in mind that you should be attentive not only to the deer, but also to the surroundings. See if there are other animals in the nearby vicinity and don't miss out any details vital to your hunting efficiency; such details would be: if the other animals are male/female, frequency of the vocalizations, what type of sounds they are making and body posturing. The sounds that you are about to make should inspire the fact that the area is secure so that the deer can approach without any potential dangers lurking around.
Other situations that hunters should take into consideration are those situations in which the whitetail deer is either shot or just spooked. In such situations, calls can be used in order to stop the deer. In many cases (especially when bow hunting), the deer don't realize immediately what just happened. A similar situation that many hunters confronted with is when a whitetail deer blows and flags its tail goodbye as he heads towards the cover. Blowing either a grunt call or a doe bleat can be very efficient for stopping the deer, and luckily, long enough for a deadly shot.
Wind plays a major part in the process of whitetail deer calling; using it to your favor can greatly improve your efficiency. The wind can be your greatest ally if used properly, otherwise it can diminish your chances for an efficient hunting adventure. Hunters should keep in mind that the whitetail deer and the mule deer always approach to the point blank range. All things considered, calling can prove to be a very efficient method for attracting whitetail deers if properly used. Always remember that training and patience are the most important parts every hunter should take into consideration before using this method.