I usually use the rule of: one call every 30 minutes, max. But I seem to have more success when I just stay quiet. Since I got skunked last night and this morning while using grunt calls, I decided to just keep quiet tonight.
Had a group of four does come in about an hour before dark, heading straight for me. Two young ones and two big mature ones. Three of them were very cautious but the youngest one just kept hanging out about 25 yards away. Thought about shooting but I decided to try and wait for the older ones to come in. The wind was good, and I was keeping still, other than some shaking from adrenaline and cold, but the older ones seemed to just have me busted from the start. They would come in to around 30 yards, then run back and hide before coming back in a few minutes later. All the while the biggest one was stomping her feet and snorting, acting super cautious.
After about an hour of this, they all ended up turning and walking the other direction. When it was clear they weren’t coming back, I decided to just try a fawn call, cause it couldn’t hurt at this point. I guess they were already on edge, cause they all bolted as soon as they heard that.
So tldr: Did that fawn call scare them just because they were already on edge, or is there a chance I’ve been scaring deer away every time I try to call them in?
December 14, 2019 at 3:32 pm
There is a chance your blowing them all out every time you grunt. Every 30 minutes seems pretty aggressive to me.
Is this on public or private ground? What state are you in?
I rattled in a shooter on Friday at about 8:15am, but he busted me when I was drawing back. He came in downwind of me to scent check and was a little uneasy coming in but he made it to 33 yards. I tried rattling again around 11:30 but no dice. I hunted the same stand this morning, only saw one little buck and had no response to calling.
Blind calling is pretty much a crapshoot. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve noticed on public land, or anywhere with a lot of pressure that calling doesn’t work as well as on unpressured deer.