The whitetail deer is a surprisingly vocal animal with a variety of tones and sounds that call manufactures have been trying to imitate for decades.  This article is not going to go into much detail about any specific call or brand, that may come in future writings, but I will touch on my personal experience with calls including how and when I use them so that you may find a new tool to use on your own hunts.

Mating and territorial calls occur during the pre-rut and rut stages of the season.  During this time does eager to mate will produce a longer drawn out bleat letting bucks know about her readiness.  Bucks often respond with short deep grunts.  A buck chasing a doe may grunt only a few times or continuously throughout his pursuit.  Other bucks that hear this commotion will almost certainly come to investigate for themselves, especially if they feel that they are more dominant.  For this reason, I like to use a combination of doe bleats and buck grunts to try to simulate this interaction and peak another bucks interest.

When bucks are grunting to each other to declare a territory or dominance, it is often a deeper more aggressive sound.  The now famous snort-weeze or buck “roar” are also vocalizations used for intimidation and declaration of ownership over a territory or hot doe.  I use these calls sparingly as their purpose, intimidation, can spook younger bucks and does.  I will typically make this call only when I can see the buck and get his reaction.

The whitetail deer is a surprisingly vocal animal with a variety of tones and sounds that call manufactures have been trying to imitate for decades.  This article is not going to go into much detail about any specific call or brand, that may come in future writings, but I will touch on my personal experience with calls including how and when I use them so that you may find a new tool to use on your own hunts.

Mating and territorial calls occur during the pre-rut and rut stages of the season.  During this time does eager to mate will produce a longer drawn out bleat letting bucks know about her readiness.  Bucks often respond with short deep grunts.  A buck chasing a doe may grunt only a few times or continuously throughout his pursuit.  Other bucks that hear this commotion will almost certainly come to investigate for themselves, especially if they feel that they are more dominant.  For this reason, I like to use a combination of doe bleats and buck grunts to try to simulate this interaction and peak another bucks interest.

When bucks are grunting to each other to declare a territory or dominance, it is often a deeper more aggressive sound.  The now famous snort-weeze or buck “roar” are also vocalizations used for intimidation and declaration of ownership over a territory or hot doe.  I use these calls sparingly as their purpose, intimidation, can spook younger bucks and does.  I will typically make this call only when I can see the buck and get his reaction.

The Cow Talk elk call has been a staple of Western elk hunting for decades, and the Deer Talk call is similar in shape and ease of use. It works on whitetails and all species of deer and will produce many of the sounds that deer make throughout the year. It’s easy to use and quiet, and it fits in your shirt pocket for easy transport. E.L.K also produces a deer-calling CD that includes real deer sounds so you can learn to replicate them and call deer any time of year in a variety of situations. www.elkinc.com

Flextone calls are some of the easiest to use and carry since they are made from flexible tubing that mimics the soft, flexible tissue of an animal’s neck and tongue. The Last Resort is the perfect call to use when all other calls have failed. Blow softly to create bleats when calling at close range to bucks or does and harder for long-range calling to create comeback estrus cries when hunting open fields or when the monster buck has ignored previous calls. The Last Resort has extremely loud doe bleats that will get the buck’s attention, and it fits easily into any pocket. www.flextonegamecalls.com

The Paul Butski Signature Series model, the Huntin’ and Gruntin’ Deer Call, offers versatility in being able to change the tone of the call with just a slight adjustment. Additionally, you can produce those productive hyperventilating tending grunts by inhaling and exhaling from either end of the call. Sometimes all you need is a single grunt to bring that buck sneaking in to take a doe away from a less dominant rival, and Huntin’ and Gruntin’ can get it done. www.maestrogamecalls.com

The whitetail deer is a surprisingly vocal animal with a variety of tones and sounds that call manufactures have been trying to imitate for decades.  This article is not going to go into much detail about any specific call or brand, that may come in future writings, but I will touch on my personal experience with calls including how and when I use them so that you may find a new tool to use on your own hunts.

Mating and territorial calls occur during the pre-rut and rut stages of the season.  During this time does eager to mate will produce a longer drawn out bleat letting bucks know about her readiness.  Bucks often respond with short deep grunts.  A buck chasing a doe may grunt only a few times or continuously throughout his pursuit.  Other bucks that hear this commotion will almost certainly come to investigate for themselves, especially if they feel that they are more dominant.  For this reason, I like to use a combination of doe bleats and buck grunts to try to simulate this interaction and peak another bucks interest.

When bucks are grunting to each other to declare a territory or dominance, it is often a deeper more aggressive sound.  The now famous snort-weeze or buck “roar” are also vocalizations used for intimidation and declaration of ownership over a territory or hot doe.  I use these calls sparingly as their purpose, intimidation, can spook younger bucks and does.  I will typically make this call only when I can see the buck and get his reaction.

The Cow Talk elk call has been a staple of Western elk hunting for decades, and the Deer Talk call is similar in shape and ease of use. It works on whitetails and all species of deer and will produce many of the sounds that deer make throughout the year. It’s easy to use and quiet, and it fits in your shirt pocket for easy transport. E.L.K also produces a deer-calling CD that includes real deer sounds so you can learn to replicate them and call deer any time of year in a variety of situations. www.elkinc.com

Flextone calls are some of the easiest to use and carry since they are made from flexible tubing that mimics the soft, flexible tissue of an animal’s neck and tongue. The Last Resort is the perfect call to use when all other calls have failed. Blow softly to create bleats when calling at close range to bucks or does and harder for long-range calling to create comeback estrus cries when hunting open fields or when the monster buck has ignored previous calls. The Last Resort has extremely loud doe bleats that will get the buck’s attention, and it fits easily into any pocket. www.flextonegamecalls.com

The Paul Butski Signature Series model, the Huntin’ and Gruntin’ Deer Call, offers versatility in being able to change the tone of the call with just a slight adjustment. Additionally, you can produce those productive hyperventilating tending grunts by inhaling and exhaling from either end of the call. Sometimes all you need is a single grunt to bring that buck sneaking in to take a doe away from a less dominant rival, and Huntin’ and Gruntin’ can get it done. www.maestrogamecalls.com

Hunters have used calls for thousands of years as a hunting tactic to lure game into range. Deer hunters are no different. Deer calls are designed to mimic the sounds deer make in an attempt to peak the interest of a lurking buck or perhaps make that trophy whitetail turn just enough to land a quality shot.

Most hunters are familar with calls for deer, yet some hunters have never used deer calls out of fear of spooking whitetails away. Not knowing the sounds deer make and when to utilize a call is part of the problem. With this deer calling guide, you can be more confident in your ability to effectively talk the talk the next time you climb in that stand for deer hunting.

Sounds as they pertain to deer hunting can be simplified into four main categories. They are the grunt, rattle, bleat and snort wheeze. Of all the sounds whitetails can make, almost all are a variation or combination of one of these four sounds. Understanding these sounds and the calls for deer that match them, will take your deer hunting game to the next level.

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