SoundsOf The Whitetail

   Calling Whitetail Deer has become very popular in recent years .
But the biggest question to most hunters both new and old is when to use these calls and what do they mean . The Whitetail deer has a language to communicate to other Whitetail's all year long . The first  sound a fawn hears is the grunt of the doe , this is a contact call that all deer buck and doe respond to all year long . Below is a short description of these sounds and audio to listen to . I hope this will clear up some of the questions about when to use these calls in the field .

   Non Aggressive Calls.

 1 Contact Calls: This sound is a doe's way of locating other deer of her family group . This call can be used all year long .

 2 Doe Grunt: Grunts are a doe's way of saying come here , also to call her fawns at feeding time . It is critical to keep the call soft as a loud grunt is too aggressive of a call .

 3 Buck Grunt: A buck grunt is a deeper pitch than a doe grunt , it means the same thing . The older the buck the deeper the tone .

 4 Tending Grunt: As the buck chases the doe as the rut approaches  he is frustrated , and makes a series of soft grunts while trailing her . It's the bucks way of asking her to stop so he can be breed with her .

 5 Buck Bawl:  This sound's a lot like a calf bawl , but it is a series of buck bleats . This signals the bucks desire for company .

 6 Sparring:  This is a non aggressive and social behaviour that all bucks do after shedding their velvet . This is when the bucks learn who   can whip the other . This process does not prevent serious fights later on during the rut .

 7 Rage Grunts:  This is the sound that a buck makes during the courtship when the doe stops running , but won't let the buck breed her . It's a non aggressive and frustration call by him .

 8 Estrus Bleat:  This is the sound that a Doe makes to signal that her breeding time is near .

 9 Breeding Bellow:  This is the sound that a Doe makes to signal that she ready to breed RIGHT NOW .

   Aggressive Calls.

 1 Sniff: Deer make this sound to intimidate other deer and prevent fights. This call is often made by a rut- crazed buck when confronted with a rival. This sound can send smaller buck running from the area .

 2 Wheeze: Another rut crazed Bucks sound to intimidate other deer and prevent fights when confronted with a rival. This sound can also send smaller buck running from the area .

 3 Aggressive Rattling:  This is a short aggressive rattling sequence to possibly lure in less aggressive, but curious buck , as well as the local dominant whitetail of the area . To make this sound like a real fight sniffs, wheezes and grunts have also been thrown in for added effect.
 
 

 

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