collapse
Free Domestic Economy Shipping A lightweight orange vest that complements your technical hunting apparel!

Author Topic: Rattling whitetails  (Read 47294 times)

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Rattling whitetails
« on: July 22, 2012, 03:40:12 PM »
 In 1997 I changed up my whitetail tactics and decided to try rattling. On my first attempt I rattled in and killed a medium sized 5x5. Needless to say I was hooked! From then on I decided to focus my energy on learning how to be efficient enough to harvest a deer this way soley. I watched a ton of videos, read a bunch of articles and spent a lot of time practicing. Since then I've killed a buck I rattled in every year but one. Most bucks have been on public land. My style has evolved into moving from spot to spot hoping to see no deer until I've crashed the horns. I don't even want to see a good buck I didn't rattle in as I will pass it up. I may, however, shoot it later if I rattle it in.
 At first I had a hard time passing up smaller bucks because of the excitement. Over time and rattling in a LOT of deer I've found the patience to hold out for the bigger bucks. My methods now will usually only bring in the more aggressive deer and scare the crud out of the younger ones.
 Rattling works BIG TIME! I thought I'd start a thread for deer that have been rattled in. I will gladly share techniques with anyone interested in a pm. Here are a few of mine from either MT or ID starting with my first one.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 03:42:25 PM »
A few more.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 03:43:54 PM »
All but the spike were rattled in.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2012, 03:45:50 PM »
 My daughters first deer we actually rattled in. He would have gotten his arse kicked!
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012, 03:48:09 PM »
 My biggest buck on the left and my buddys' on the right. Shot him at 15'.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2012, 03:50:25 PM »
 Unfortunately the field pics didn't turn out on this buck but here is the mount.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012, 03:53:46 PM »
 A couple more.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline grundy53

  • Global Moderator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Explorer
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2010
  • Posts: 10008
  • Location: Lake Stevens
  • Learn something new everyday.
    • facebook
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2012, 03:58:27 PM »
Very nice! I definitely need to learn how to rattle better. Never had any luck doing it. But I really want to learn.
Molôn Labé
Can you skin Grizz?

The opinions expressed in my posts do not represent those of the forum.

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2012, 04:01:16 PM »
 A buck I rattled in for my friend.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2012, 04:06:21 PM »
 My son set up in a typical spot for us. Probably not what most people would envision as a likely spot.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline ellensburgpo

  • Trade Count: (+2)
  • Sourdough
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2008
  • Posts: 1666
  • Location: King Co, Purgatory Adjacent
  • Groups: DU, Delta Waterfowl, NWTF
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2012, 04:13:50 PM »
Great pictures. Were these all on public land?
KCCO

 The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, 1929

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2012, 04:19:23 PM »
Great pictures. Were these all on public land?
All of those were on public land.
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline SkookumHntr

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *****
  • Join Date: Aug 2007
  • Posts: 2525
  • Location: Tono, WA
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2012, 04:25:11 PM »
Wow! Im definetly going to have to get some pointers from ya for my hunt this year!
IBEW89 RMEF MDF CCA

Offline windygorge

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 667
  • Location: Washougal, wa
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2012, 04:30:52 PM »
any killed in washington??  very nice
"God gave you the gift of life, you owe it to God to give your best performance"

"Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon"

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2012, 04:42:39 PM »
any killed in washington??  very nice
My Washington tag is dedicated to my true hunting love, blacktails!
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline windygorge

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 667
  • Location: Washougal, wa
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2012, 05:10:16 PM »
with the seasons the way they are in washington, when have you found it to be most effective to rattle?  if you had an ideal period, with respect to the season dates, when would it be?  rifle or archery?
"God gave you the gift of life, you owe it to God to give your best performance"

"Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon"

Offline buckfvr

  • Washington For Wildlife
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Jun 2010
  • Posts: 2558
  • Location: 121
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2012, 05:13:44 PM »
very end of october to about the 10th of november has been the window of activity for us.

Offline windygorge

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 667
  • Location: Washougal, wa
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2012, 05:21:57 PM »
does it trickle as long as late november, or is that considered post rut and they don't rattle then.  sure do see a lot of guys with bucks that have swollen necks. 
"God gave you the gift of life, you owe it to God to give your best performance"

"Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon"

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2012, 05:23:59 PM »
with the seasons the way they are in washington, when have you found it to be most effective to rattle?  if you had an ideal period, with respect to the season dates, when would it be?  rifle or archery?
I have been successful from around Nov 10th (earliest I have tried) to the end of Nov with no time seeming to be better than the other. Most important factor is KNOWING it works and not just trying. There's almost nothing like setting down the horns and hearing what seems to be King Kong tearing down the woods to get to you. Ears laid back, hair standing straight up, and pissed off!
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

Offline windygorge

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 667
  • Location: Washougal, wa
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #19 on: July 22, 2012, 05:54:52 PM »
so that really means buying a rifle tag, even though i will be hunting them archery.  that stinks
"God gave you the gift of life, you owe it to God to give your best performance"

"Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon"

Offline RIVERRAT

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Hunter
  • ***
  • Join Date: Nov 2010
  • Posts: 144
  • Location: Wet side
    • Hunting GPS Maps. com https://www.americasbestbowstrings.com/, https://www.60xcustomstrings.com/
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2012, 06:09:54 PM »
My first time rattling a deer.  Archery from a treestand.  I would love to hear some techniques and tricks if you have them, cuz I am hooked!!!
DYNAMIC CONCEPTS INC.
Washington Dealer- OnXmaps.com, 60X bowstrings, America's Best Bowstrings, RAD broadheads.

Elite / Montana Gold /Vapor Trail Pro V /Scott/ America's Best

Offline windygorge

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 667
  • Location: Washougal, wa
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2012, 06:12:04 PM »
 :drool:  gawwwlee
what was the date?  time of year?
"God gave you the gift of life, you owe it to God to give your best performance"

"Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon"

Offline boneaddict

  • Site Sponsor
  • Administrator
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Legend
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2007
  • Posts: 40796
  • Location: Selah, Washington
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2012, 06:32:14 PM »
Awesome bucks 3 nails and obviously yours too Riverrat.


I find early better, but its really sporadic, when they are on they are ON!  Its really fun having multiple bucks come in.  Most of my whitetail shots are from rattled bucks.   I miss way more than I get on film.   
My website.....DDK Photography
http://ddkphotography.pixels.com

Offline windygorge

  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Longhunter
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 667
  • Location: Washougal, wa
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2012, 06:37:57 PM »
My first time rattling a deer.  Archery from a treestand.  I would love to hear some techniques and tricks if you have them, cuz I am hooked!!!

washington?
"God gave you the gift of life, you owe it to God to give your best performance"

"Don't tell me the sky is the limit, when there are footprints on the moon"

Offline 3nails

  • WA State Trappers Association
  • Trade Count: (0)
  • Frontiersman
  • *
  • Join Date: Apr 2011
  • Posts: 3378
    • Jeff Hinkle
Re: Rattling whitetails
« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2012, 06:52:34 PM »
 That's daddy rabbit right there RIVERRAT! :chuckle: Doing it again this year? Once one comes to the horns ain't no goin back.  :tup:
"The word of God is like a lion. You don't have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself."
Charles Spurgeon

 

* Recent Topics