Deer lures (scents) have become one of the most popular methods of attracting white-tailed deer. But what can you expect and how do you use them?

From early to late November the majority of the does should be in estrus, and the bucks should be cruising, chasing and breeding does, which causes scraping and rubbing to tail off.

By early November scraping by whitetail bucks may have already peaked. From early to late November the majority of the does should be in estrus, and the bucks should be cruising, chasing and breeding does, which causes scraping and rubbing to tail off. But, the bucks may still be scraping and checking scrapes near nighttime food sources, and in travel...

Rattling is most effective in areas with high buck to doe ratios. It is also effective in areas with high numbers of dominant bucks; in areas with limited habitat, such as urban areas; in the marginal habitat of prairie river bottoms; and on property managed for trophy quality.

Bucks respond to rattling out of curiosity and dominance; they want to find out which bucks are fighting, and if there is an estrus doe with them. Rattle near areas bucks regularly use; buck feeding/sparring areas, buck bedrooms, doe feeding and staging areas...

September Pre-Rut/Rubbing Phase and Transition Phase

All of the deer are bulking up for the rut and winter; feeding on alfalfa, clover, green forbes, ripening soybeans and corn in some areas, and mast (acorns, beechnuts). Put out mineral licks and deer attractants in areas where you want deer to come to during the hunting season. Early in the month the bucks should be shedding velvet, and creating rubs and scrapes near late summer nighttime food sources. They may be still traveling together, and may begin sparring at this time.

Reading whitetail deer trails helps you determine which areas the deer are using and when they are using them. Determining when the deer use particular areas is the key to knowing where to setup during the hunting season.


I started hunting about three years ago. The first time I sat in a tree stand, I was hooked! The first year I only gun hunted and didn’t have much luck. My second year was a great learning experience. I bought an older PSE compound bow off of eBay and got it set up and sighted in. I spent several days during the archery season sitting in a tree stand and learned a lot. I saw more deer then I’ve ever seen before and realized that archery hunting was the way to go.

We first meet at a Ducks Unlimited Banquet in Queensport in the mid-80s. Fate seated my wife and me with T.C. and Skip - a father/son lawyer team from nearby Bronson City. Classic southern gentlemen they were - sharing my joy rather than showing jealousy - when the auctioneer called my name as the winner of the grand raffle prize, a Mercury outboard motor. T.C. was in his 60s and Skip was nearing 40 back then. They were more than law partners, more than father and son. They were best hunting buddies and it showed in the twinkle common in...

Hanging the bear in the huge oak tree overnight after the hunt was as much practical as tradition. The carcass has to drain and the meat needs to "season." And, the clients welcome the "Kodak moment" after awaking late on the morning after the hunt. And there's something primeval in a hunter that finds satisfaction in displaying the body - "hung from the highest tree" using the old west terminology.

Some of us hunt for trophies, some for meat, some for whatever legal critter mistakenly walks within range of "the most deadly set of hands in the woods" (mine of course). No matter which excuse you use to spend anywhere from a few days to a few months in some of the nastiest weather in mother natures bag of tricks, day after day we venture out in search of wonderful hunts and favorite memories afield.

I had not bow hunted for several years until this year. During an open house at Fenton High School where my two teenagers attend, I was talking to one of the parents and found out that he was new to bow hunting this year and was looking for a partner to hunt with. Most of my hunting friends had either lost interest or moved away so I jumped on this opportunity to start hunting again.

I was hunting the lower part of Michigan just south of Adrian in the

beginning of the 2004 Bow season. I have had a lot of doe under my stand and

missed a nice buck after the arrow hit a limb, not a good feeling. The

pressure was on and the gun hunters were starting to scout the woods and set

up their blinds. And then it happened, I had become buckless when gun

season arrived. Now my chances of getting a nice buck seemed to be doomed

for the 2004 bow season. Gun season is my time to relax and sleep...

Welcome to the's Antler Rattling Hunting Tips. Select the tip you want, and enjoy the knowledge.

* Beating around the bush
* Collecting shed antlers
* Don't rattle too much
* Fixing those rattling antlers
* Late season rattling
* Rattling in many deer

Beating around the bush If hunting on the ground, when rattling, try to hit and rake your antlers against bushes and tree limbs and you can break tree limbs. You can use the base of your antler to simulate stomping and pawing the ground. This will give off a natural sound of two deer fighting. Sent In By: Paul HarrisLocation: Blackshear, GA

Set up your own shed antler collection site. Go to your favorite deer feeding area and drive heavy wooden stakes into the ground in the form of a "V". Cover the wooden stakes with chicken wire. Pour corn or other deer feed in the corner of the "V". Chances are a shedding bucks antlers will get tangled in the chicken wire and stay there for you to collect.

Sent In By: C.J. Benton
Location: Clayton, NC

Don't rattle too much Deer only push each other around for short periods of time, so don't rattle too long or you could spook the deer. When a deer approaches, begin tapping the antlers lighter almost teasing the deer. Sent In By: Steven AngleLocation: Mercersburg, PA

Have a set of deer antlers and you want to try antler ratting? First, remove the antlers from the scull or scull cap. Cut off the brow tines, if it has them. Then drill a small hole near the base of the antlers. Take a small rope, run it through the holes and tie at both ends to make a neck loop. If you don't want to drill holes, leave the flare at the base of the antlers and use a slip type note around the antler bases. Be sure to sand any sharp points or edges. Before your go into the field, spray your antlers and rope with a scent...

Late season rattling After the post rut is over and January sets in deer, especially bucks begin to become less territorial. Trying to rattle is out of the question right? I think not. Next time your stumped in your late hunting season, get one of your buddies to go out with you and place him or her 30 to 40 yards down wind of you. Once you are both in...