Being the hunting addict that I am, I do not give up chasing whitetails until my tags are filled or darkness falls on January 15th. One thing I have learned from spending many hours in my stand during the late season is that bucks are still on the lookout for receptive does into January.
Jason Klump and I continue to use our Primos doe bleat can calls with great results. An example of that is the two pope and young bucks I arrowed on 12-27-2006. They both ran to my stand location in response to my Primos can. I was able to arrow them both as they were distracted, looking for the doe they had heard.
And do not leave your rattling antlers in the truck. When a buck hears other bucks battling it out he often times can't resist sneaking in to see if a doe is the cause of the fight, hoping to steal her away while the other bucks are busy.
My belief in using these tactics was reinforced tonight as I sat in my tree, shivering in the cold. At 3:45 p.m. I saw a deer angling away from me in the woods approximately 100 yards away. Closer inspection revealed that it was a buck with some good headgear. As he continued putting distance between us I grabbed my antlers and smashed them together as hard as I could. The buck stopped immediately and stared in my direction. I began clashing them together and he turned and trotted my way. At 40 yards he stopped and scanned the area for the fight. A few buck grunts from my Hunter's Specialties True Talker grunt call and the buck was standing broadside at 10 yards.
He was a great buck with a tall widespreading 8 point rack, however, one look at his body told me that he was a 2 1/2 year old that was going to grow into an execptional buck. About 20 minutes after he walked off I rattled again and within minutes was staring down at a little 3 pointer.
You can bet that from now until January 15th Jason and I will not be in the woods without our horns!