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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pottsville, Pa 17901
One heck of a year with the Rattling Antlers
In my opinion every year is different when rattling here in Pa. I've had success in the past at certain points throughout the season but more times than not, I haven't seen a big response. This year is different though. Since last Tuesday, Oct 17, I have rattled in 11 different bucks and it seemed to taper off this past Friday and Saturday. Keep in mind they were'nt all shooters but that kind of response has my head spinning. I've never had the kind of response to rattling like I've had this year. I don't rattle a lot, or very loud at this point in the season, but I've come to the conclusion that timing is everything. As a matter of fact last Wednesday I had my 8 year old daughter in the two man stand with me and she asked to use the antlers. So I gave her a quick lesson and let her have at it. 5-10 minutes later a 120-130" 8 pt came walking through the pines. he stopped at 42 yards but wouldn't come out of the pines to give me a shot. He made two scrapes, stared in our direction for a few minutes then walked back down into the hollow with a doe. She was SUPER PUMPED knowing that she rattled him in. Point is, try it. You never know whats going to happen. Just take the temperature of the deer and try to mimick where they're at. At this point of the season, I wouldn't be having all out battles hammering the antlers together but thats coming soon. I usually go for about 30 seconds and increase in volume throughout the set. I also try to grind the antlers more than slam them together. These are just my thoughts on the topic. Again this may just be one of those years but so far, it has worked well for me.