The Mechanics of Deer Calling
By Gary Sefton
From CALLING WHITETAILS: Methods, Myths and Magic
The trick to calling anything is in knowing what to say, when to say it and what it should sound like. You will need more than precise written descriptions of the actual and the artificial sounds.
Go to Google, type in ‘deer vocalizations’ and listen to the live deer recordings. Once you know what a vocalization should sound like, you will need an accurate device to reproduce the sounds. Different ears will hear the same sounds differently. My best advice is to listen to different grunt and bleat calls and go with the ones that sound best to your ear when compared to what you’ve heard on ‘live’ shows and tapes.
Social Curiosity Situations / Early Season Calling
Late September and early October are my favorite times to bowhunt whitetails. I look forward to my pre-season scouting trips in search of preferred food sources, and I enjoy the satisfaction and the beginning tingles of excitement I get when I find what I am looking for.
I use binoculars to scout for acorns (because they can be invisible to the naked eye), marking the heavy nut-bearing trees on a map before the season.
I always revisit the marked sites before I hang stands to make sure the trees are dropping acorns and the deer have found them. Knowing the deer are going to feed heavily at some time of the day gives me the confidence I need to stay put. Not knowing what is going to show up under the trees keeps me awake and alert.
This is also a great time to use deer calls to exploit a deer’s inherent sense of curiosity about other deer. Deer are social animals. They are comfortable and secure in their matriarchal and bachelor groups, and they are curious about others of their kind, especially those of the same sex.
Knowing this gives us a small foot in the door and an opportunity to use passive social sounds to encourage deer to investigate your calling.