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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-15-2017, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Calling in does

Does anyone try to call in does? I have the most time to hunt during the late season (until 1/28 down here) and I'm wondering if there are calling strategies I could use. I see deer every time I go out but the property I hunt is tough. It's a small suburban parcel. Deer tracks are on every inch of the property so I'm always set up in their "living room". There are no trees for a stand and there is heavy brush everywhere making clear shots difficult. Someone suggested to me that I might try calling them in but I haven't heard so much about calling deer except during the rut. What are some strategies to use otherwise? Any advice?
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I've had does react with curiosity by using a fawn bleat call. That was during archery season, not sure how it'd be this time of year. If nothing else, it might help calm them down if acting nervously.
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Might also bring in a coyote. Only coyote I've shot was one of a pair that came in looking for the fawn making all that noise.

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I use the Lil Can-during early season the young ones often are curious.
Sounds like a good place for a tripod .
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all I can add to this conversation is when I go turkey hunting and start calling it never fails that a doe or two come to investagate
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I've had does react with curiosity by using a fawn bleat call. That was during archery season, not sure how it'd be this time of year. If nothing else, it might help calm them down if acting nervously.
Good luck!

Might also bring in a coyote. Only coyote I've shot was one of a pair that came in looking for the fawn making all that noise.
I have been experimenting with a fawn bleat by blind calling in late season.Nothing called in yet.Thought I may bring a yote in also.Never saw a doe that I could call to while in sight of me to see reaction.
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all I can add to this conversation is when I go turkey hunting and start calling it never fails that a doe or two come to investagate
. I've only been turkey hunting once with almost no experience calling. I called anyway with a mouth call and managed to get a flock of hens coming towards me. I was so surprised! Maybe I should use my turkey call for the does?
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I use the Lil Can-during early season the young ones often are curious.
Sounds like a good place for a tripod .
Good Luck

I just looked up the tripods - had never seen them before. Can you leave on up for the season or do you have to set it up each time? I have two spots - one down low which is wetlands so I'm not sure this would work. But there's a drier spot up higher where I used to ground hunt.

Thank you for the tip because I had no idea these existed. I was thinking I'd need a tree to strap a ladder stand on.
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I have been experimenting with a fawn bleat by blind calling in late season.Nothing called in yet.Thought I may bring a yote in also.Never saw a doe that I could call to while in sight of me to see reaction.
I will try it. I see deer every single time I am at this property very closeup within 50 years, many times much closer. Sometimes I spook them, sometimes not. It's the heavy brush and topography that prevents a clear and safe shot. Once I camped and ground hunted there. Just after moving into the tent after sundown I heard what sounded like a five gallon bucket being emptied about five feet from the tent. It was a deer taking a final pee before bedtime. Suburban deer!
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I second the Lil Can Call.They are cheap and fun to use.I have a Fawn Call that I have had for years but this time of year these calls are mostly ignored.
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I second the Lil Can Call.They are cheap and fun to use.I have a Fawn Call that I have had for years but this time of year these calls are mostly ignored.
Thanks for seconding that. I wasn't sure if it would be useful this time of year because it's an estrus call, right?

I can swing by Gander Mountain and see if they carry it before I go out again.
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