I have been learning about whitetails and the types of whitetail vocalizations they use and when and why they use each type. I have been calling whitetails while deer hunting for 31 years and have used deer calling techniques to help me harvest several nice bucks and have missed a few along the way, but we won’t discuss those. I started learning about and using these calls early in my deer hunting adventures but didn’t really understand what each of them meant and the best times to use each one. I was just using them kind of blindly hoping to get good results. But understanding each call and using them at the right time can improve your odds of getting big bucks in range. Knowing each vocalization whitetails use and when they use them and why can help you tremendously when you are deer hunting.
If you know the three types of whitetail vocalizations use and the variations of each and what they mean you can simulate them at the right times and greatly improve your odds deer hunting.
The three types of whitetail vocalizations are the bleat, the snort, and the grunt and there are several different types of each one. It is important to know what to say when to say it and have the call to say it with.
This is a list of each whitetail vocalization and the different types of each one.
- Bleat a. lost contact: “here I am” b.estrous bleat: lets bucks know they are ready to breed c. breeding bellow: bleat with extended bellow tells buck” I am ready to breed and I mean now”
- Distress bleat cry throughout year “help”
- Grunt a. buck ball: throughout the year like a doe bleat but deeper “here I am” b. tending grunt: during rut loud short grunts saying “come here” c.attention grunt: louder more aggressive best to use during the rut the bucks will usually circle downwind. Softer shorter less aggressive use throughout year made by both bucks and does say “come to me”
- Snort a.danger “get out of here” b.snort wheeze: aggressive, tells other bucks “this is my territory and I’ll whip your butt back off”
Learn the basic whitetail vocalizations and the different types of each one and when the best time to use each one and you can greatly improve your odds of calling in and harvesting big bucks on a consistent basis.
Scent Control can be very important when deer hunting. Although I know hunters who smoke and don’t pay any attention to the wind or scent control and they have taken several nice big deer. But you know how the saying goes, a blind squirrel gets a nut every once and a while or something of that nature. I just believe if you are serious about deer hunting and harvesting mature trophy bucks on a consistent basis you must pay attention to wind direction and scent control.
Hunting Products Scent Control
Scent control products can help you get that big buck.
There are many good products on the market to help you with scent control.There is one noise that makes a hunter cringe when in the woods (other than a nearby gun shot) a whitetail blowing at you is a bad feeling. Although no matter how hard you try to control your scent when deer hunting sometimes it is damn near impossible to keep whitetails from smelling you. Especially if the wind direction is shifting. Even if it is shifting I feel much more confident if I take a few steps to control my scent. I wanted to list a few things that I do to keep my scent at a minimum.
Tips on Being Scent Free
- The first thing I do is wash my clothes in some type of liquid clothing wash for hunters. I like the way the autumn blend smells.
- Store your clothes and boots in scent proof bags and maybe throw in a few pine needles or scent wafers or some plain old baking soda.
- Take a shower before going hunting using a scent eliminator soap
- Use a scent away anti-perspirant deodorant. I like the Hunters Specialties brand.
- Keep your boots in a scent bag until you arrive at your property and are fixing to go out. Don’t ever pump gas in your boots.
- Use scent eliminator spray and cover scents
- Pay attention to wind direction and use it to your advantage
- Don’t smoke or dip while in the woods. This one is a hard one for me, I do dip in the woods even though I know I should not.
- Wear light clothing when walking to your stand to avoid sweating and put on more layers once you are at your stand or in your stand.
- If the wind shifts and is not to your advantage you will be better off to change stand locations. This is a tough one it can be a tough call to get up and leave a location once you are in the stand but if you are serious about harvesting mature trophy bucks you must pay attention to wind direction.
By paying attention to wind direction and doing your best to control your scent you can put the odds in your favor for a mature trophy buck.
There are many factors to take into consideration that can lead to successful deer hunting. That being said, what is the definition of successful deer hunting? That is defined I believe by what each of us want it to mean. I recently went on a bow-hunting trip to Illinois on public land and did not kill a buck but I was able to rattle in a nice buck and was able to film him coming in and even though he turned out to be smarter than me that one encounter in my eyes made for a successful trip. I have gone deer hunting on public land off and on for many years and have learned that just being able to encounter a big buck on public land can be quite a challenge.
Tips for Whitetail Hunters
There are many things that hunters can use to their advantage to help them have successful hunts. Some things us hunters use to help us figure out whitetail movement patterns are weather, moon phases, hunting pressure, food sources, water sources, wind direction, and many more. And they change quite a bit on a regular basis yearly, monthly and even daily.
For Successful Deer Hunting Hunt The Rut
But there is one thing that is fairly consistent from year to year and that is peak rut period in most locations. And if we can determine the peak rut period in the particular locations we hunt we can be sure to spend as much time in the woods during that peak rut period and we will greatly improve our chances of being able to kill a mature buck or at least see more whitetails on a consistent basis. Even if your definition of success is not to kill big bucks but to put meat on the table for your family hunting during the peak rut period will improve your chances at success. The rut always seems to go by so fast every year and that’s why every year I try to figure out when the peak rut will be and schedule my vacation during that time, because I want to spend as much time in the woods during this period. If possible I like to hunt all day during the rut because if there are does in estrous the big bucks will be on the move throughout the day looking for that receptive doe. The mid-day can be just as productive as the morning or evening hours during the rut. So if you want just to see more whitetails or big bucks in particular you might want to figure out when the peak rut is in the area where you hunt and then get in the woods and hunt as much as possible during that period. That doesn’t mean that other times of the year can’t be good times to have successful hunts because that hunt of a lifetime can happen at any point in a season but to increase your odds of a successful hunt spend as much time as possible in the woods during the peak rut.