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Cut out of work early yesterday for an afternoon sit. Hunted from ground - left climber at home. Settled into my spot around 3:30PM. At 4:45 decided to try my newly purchased doe bleat can. Five minutes later a young 6pt came running in at me and stopped at 15ft. Not quite what I am looking for so decided to pass. We had a 3 minute stare down then he turned and walked off.

At 5:30 did another doe bleat sequence. Five minutes later a fox came in 5 yds from me and at same time a doe presented at 25 yds. Fox trotted off, watched doe feed on acorns for about 15 minutes before wandering off. Didn't harvest a deer but had a great afternoon in the woods.

In my 37 years of deer hunting I have never used a doe bleat. Have used grunt call & rattled. Friend of mine swears by the doe bleat and convinced me to try it. I'm trying to figure out if these two experiences were purely coincidence or not. Any input relative to doe bleat calls?
 

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I bought the "Primos Original Can Estrus Bleat Deer Call" but I'm certain that there are alternate brands that would work just fine...
 

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I've had a lot of success with a bleat can over the years. More so than with a grunt tube
I never had a buck do anything other than look my way when using a grunt. I've had deer, mainly younger bucks, trot right into me on several occasions with the bleat can. Never until the last week of October into November tho....I do three short bleats and wait 30 minutes. Several years ago I had 3 yearling bucks come right under my stand from 3 different directions in early November after one bleat sequence. After 10 minutes of looking and smelling the scent wick I had, they turned and walked off. In disbelief I bleated 3 times as they were walking away at about 100-125 yards and they all did a 180 and walked right back to me... :grin2:
 

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I have had success with the can, but as others have mentioned, only with 2.5 year old bucks and younger. Once they hit 3.5 which is what I consider a mature buck, they don't fall for it on public land. However, private land mature bucks will come into it.

In case you guys don't know, public land and private land bucks are two COMPLETELY different animals.
 

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I haven't had much success with grunts or bleats but I'm new to them. I went to a seminar on deer hunting at the outdoor show last year in Harrisburg and those guys talked a lot about calling and when to/not to call. I think I have been calling at the wrong time/places the past couple years.
 

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What has been most effective for me as far as calling has been rattling. I use the antlers from a small six point I killed years ago. Seems to me the sound of two small bucks fighting really gets the bigger ones fired up.
 

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I’ve never had the can or rattling work for me. I’ve actually had bucks haul tail from rattling before, they already weren’t coming my direction and I was trying persuade them. I have had the grunt tube work quite a few times. I’ve never for sure had it work blind. A lot of my best stands are in thick areas. On clear frosty mornings I can hear deer a long ways off that I most likely won’t see. I have had bucks most definitely turn and come right toward me. I have never called a buck off a doe. They have always been a single buck cruising.
 

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I've had a nice buck sprint to a can from 150 yards away in a field and I've had bucks 30 yards away pay absolutely no attention to it. Depends on the moment i guess. I've never had it spook a deer so in my mind it's always worth a try.
 

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I've had a nice buck sprint to a can from 150 yards away in a field and I've had bucks 30 yards away pay absolutely no attention to it. Depends on the moment i guess. I've never had it spook a deer so in my mind it's always worth a try.
Thats pretty much been my experience with bleat calls also. Have however blind called in and killed 2 mature 8 points at less then 25yds using the can followed by tending grunts. Was actually 1 day off from exactly 1 year apart( Nov 2nd and 3rd if my memory is correct) from the same tree!
 

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I've killed more deer with the can than i have a using a grunt tube. i use the primos "original" can. if you can find a good fawn distress call, those things are dynamite. i was playing the fawn distress on my foxpro patriot one night at dusk, trying to get a coyote to come in...i had 6 doe respond and the largest doe in the group was really ticked off.


if they ever make electronic calls for deer legal, that one will be like magic.
 

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I have had success with the can, but as others have mentioned, only with 2.5 year old bucks and younger. Once they hit 3.5 which is what I consider a mature buck, they don't fall for it on public land. However, private land mature bucks will come into it.

In case you guys don't know, public land and private land bucks are two COMPLETELY different animals.

Depends on the private land in all cases, I have a lot of hunting pressure around my place and a good bit of public ground, the buck on my land have seen it all by their 3rd birthday to be sure.


I did have a very nice buck, I suspect it was a 2 1/2 year old, respond to the can last night, I could not get my 11 year old aimed in the right direction with the crossbow before it changed positions and we had no shot.
 
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