Rattling Antlers

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  1. Page

    Page Weekend Warrior

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    Looking to get a new set of Antlersantlers and am not sure where to start. Unfortunately I am the world's worst shed hunter so need to go with store bought. Curious to hear what you guys prefer...fire away

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    Whatever you do, don't over do it with the rattles and the calls. Another reason I don't like hunting this time of year, last weekend someone thought it was a good idea to make nonstop calls for over an hour. You can buy authentic whitetail antlers for about 100 bucks give or take.
     
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    SharpEyeSam Legendary Woodsman

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    I bought some Black rack antlers and I didn't like them. So I went to an archery shop and bought some deer antlers from them.
     
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    Everyone has their preferences, and I'm sure people will scuff at this, but I have had very reasonable success calling in deer using a rattling bag. Quiet and easy to pack out to ur stand. The reason I decided to give them a try was because I was sick of wrestling full antlers into the tree (especially when I was using a climber).
     
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    Nothing sounds like the real thing.
     
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    Ebay or craigslist for quick set
     
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    Rattle bag 100%

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    Rattle bag +2

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    I got a set of sheds off an 8 point that I purchased on eBay for $30.
     
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    I have a set that I pulled off a dead buck that I came across a few years ago, but seems like the Pack Rack from Knight & Hale is a nice compact system that seems to sound pretty good. I have no experience with them though.
     
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    NebMo Hunter Die Hard Bowhunter

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    i tried a ratting bag and it didn't work for me, last year I used and liked flextone black rack antlers
     
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    Rattle bag +3. But like MasterHunter said, use them sparingly. I like to do a 30-45 second sequence of grunts / rattles every 1.5 hours. Brought this years 7 point in on a string.
     
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    You can get a decent set of real ones on eBay.
     
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    I have had good luck with a rattle bag. Personally, I avoid anything made from plastic. It does not sound realistic to me.
     
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    I have used a rattle bag in the past. Blew a hole in the bottom of it last year and started losing pieces so thought I would get some opinions. Thanks all

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    Honestly, real antlers don't sound like real antlers either. I find that my rattling antlers have a little higher pitch than when I hear bucks fighting, I figure that is because the base of the antler is still attached to the skull of the buck and doesn't allow that end to vibrate like it does on a set of rattling antlers. I honestly think the actual sound is less important than when and where it's done.
     
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    Nothing but the real thing for me. I had a rattle bag, used it two years ago when I was in Illinois.... My hunting partner Had real antlers. The sound was completely different. He was able to rattle in a few bucks, and I just had squirrels laughing at me. I left the Rattle bag hanging in the tree. Wonder if it's still there?


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