Does Rattling for Deer Work?


Does rattling for bucks work? We read about rattling in magazines. We watch them do it on TV, but do bucks respond to rattling antlers? Absolutely, yes! In fact, there is nothing more fun than rattling a set of horns together. The early season has been the best time to rattle for me, prior to the rut, but bucks will check out simulated fights just about any time during the fall and winter.

The great thing about the whitetail rut is bucks are running around during daylight looking for hot does to breed. The downside is bucks tend to be completely unpredictable. If you’re sitting along a trail waiting for a big old bruiser to come walking by, you could be in for a long wait – a you-could-be-there-until-next-year kind of wait.

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If you want to have success during the rut, you need to get a buck’s attention and pull him to you. Nothing does that better than rattling. You can use a pair of sheds, a set of antlers cut off one of your harvested bucks or even synthetic antlers. They sound great and tend to last longer. Natural antlers dry out and can change density.

Battle Bones™ are super-realistic-sounding rattling antlers designed to be easy to use and carry while also producing the best sound. Unlike other synthetic rattling products, Battle Bones™ produce antler clashes with two full racks, the same way it happens in the wild.

Each bone consists of a comfortable, hex-shaped handle with tines on each end. To recreate the sound of bucks in combat, just grip the handle and clash the ends together. The sound is perfect, and you won’t smash or pinch your fingers.

Battle Bones™ are light, and thanks to Flextone’s exclusive Bone Core Technology, they sound just like two bucks slugging it out. Antlerized texture adds even more authentic deer sound. In addition, Battle Bones pack tight and are much safer to carry than real whitetail antlers.

When bucks get crazy this fall, don’t put your trust in luck. Get their attention by doing a little rattling and make them think other big bucks have invaded their territory. When your buddies ask, “Does rattling for deer work?,” you can show them the results in back of your truck!

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