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How To Call Whitetail Deer

The whitetail deer can be brought easily into the shooting range if calling is done properly, using the appropriate vocalizations, the correct proactive measures and of course, with a bit of luck. A skill that is well-worth mastering is learning how to call and when to do it; besides this, spending time in the woods and getting more familiar with the environment is a must.

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).
In order to be efficient at calling whitetail deer you must have patience! (you should be aware of the fact that to be efficient you have to earn experience 1st). What most hunters should learn is what calls to use, when to use them and most important, how to use them. Certain intonations of a call can basically make the difference between an attractive sound and an alarm. If you don't have patience and are in a hurry, it is more likely that the deer will pick up on that, greatly reducing your chances of a fruitful hunt. Many people make the mistake of overreacting with the calling - most likely this will sound a little bit unnatural and, as a consequence, the animals won't be interested. You have to keep in mind that the whitetail deer calls infrequently and seldom make the same sound twice. The more experienced hunters have a wide variety of calls that they use/interchange when calling.

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.

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