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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-09-2019, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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Buck "clicking" vocalization

Deer make all kinds of vocalizations and I have heard most of them. One I never heard was a buck "clicking". Today I heard it as a 8 point was dogging a doe. When he was moving, he was doing the typical grunting that we are all familiar with. When he was standing he was making a clicking that sounds like running your finger over the teeth of a comb.

Pretty cool to finally hear this sound that I never heard.

Anyone else ever hear a buck "clicking"?

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never heard them do it , would be interesting to hear. would also be interesting to hear why they do it
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There use to be a buck call it was a black ribbed plastic thing with a with a stick you dragged across it to mimic that sound. It was realistic sounding.
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I believe what you're referring to is called the tending grunt. Bucks may do this while trailing does. It's his way of saying, "stop moving so I can breed you."
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My son heard it years ago, and I remember him talking about it because at some point he shot the buck off the doe!

He was about 14 at the time, but I remember a comment made, "You sure ruined that bucks' whole day"!

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I’ve heard it a couple times. Only when it’s really calm and the buck is close. It’s definitely not a grunt. I was young when I first heard it and I wasn’t even convinced it was coming from the buck i was watching. I had a small buck follow a doe under my stand years after that and he was doing it non stop the whole time. It was so soft I could only hear it when he was close though.
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There use to be a buck call it was a black ribbed plastic thing with a with a stick you dragged across it to mimic that sound. It was realistic sounding.
I remember that call. Pretty much the same sound I heard the buck making yesterday.

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I have never heard that sound before, but if I did, I'd probably think the Predator was in my woods.
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People hear frequencies different. You may be only hearing the "clicking" part of the tending grunt, while others are only hearing the "hum" of it.
It's like hearing a turkey drumming. People describe the sound totally differently, and some can't hear it at all.


The buck I shot this year was trying to get a doe to move so he charged and "growled" at her. It was like a huff with a growling resonation to it that lasted maybe 3-4 seconds.
A different doe had peed right near my stand earlier. He lip curled over that spot, snort wheezed at a button buck to get him out of the area, and then growled at the doe.
I decided he needed something for his performance so I took his lungs out.


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I heard it one time.


Opening day of rifle season...I was in my tree way early. He was directly below me. He was with another deer....I could see his giant rack in the moonlight. The other, I couldn't. 10 or so, he came back. With a smaller buck. I figured that was the same deer he was with in the morning...but maybe not?


No other noises made...just low slow clicking.
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