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When the deer are in the mood, rattling is VERY effective. When they are not in the mood..............like they weren't this past week at my place...........you may as well bang pots and pans together.

My 2014 buck was rattled in. Last year I rattled in one just a whisker smaller and chose to pass. This past week STUNK. I rattled at different times throughout each day last Sat, Mon, Tue, Wed and Fri Not a single response. I believe that is the worst I've ever been shut out rattling
 

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Combined with grunts at the right time great, a little light rattling isn't bad either just be cautions not to overdo it, too long, or too often, you'll get busted.

I've had decent luck with the light rattling by hooking the antlers to my pull rope and letting them rattle together 2-3' off the ground, keeps the sound on the ground.
 

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One of my best bucks came in to rattling. But, for the most part, I get ignored. Like everything else in the "real world" of deer hunting (as opposed to these golden places most TV hunters have access to), occasionally it will work, but mostly not.
 
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