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 .
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 .
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 .
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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on: Wed Jan 6 1999 10:23:00
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