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What do you all find to be the most effective pre rut call for deer in general? I first and foremost want to have good action...but Im really hoping to tag a nice buck next weekend. I think the pre rut will be on, and I think it will be a great time to have success. What is a good call to bring in bucks? Ive heard rattling is pointless if the buck to doe ratio is low, which it is in most parts of the state of MN. Ive heard the Doe Blat is a good general deer call that seems to be really effective. But is there a specific call that will bring in bucks? Ive also heard it is wise to stay non-agressive during this period. I just havent tried calling much, and the times I have called werent productive. Anyone have any real positive experience with calling? Or on what to definately not do during the pre rut?

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Some lower short grunts can be effective along with some light rattling. I like to give a series of two or three grunts wait 5-10 minutes and if nobody shows then I start a light sparing match with my rattling antlers. Light clicks and grinds lasting 15-30 seconds then set down the horns and wait to see what comes in. Once the deer get more aggressive and start chasing I'll bring the volume up on the calls and start light rattling with intermittant pauses while grinding the horns slightly and a few louder clacks a few softer grinds and set the horns down and get ready. Be aware of your downwind side as deer will often try to sneak downwind to see who is in the fight. I have called in alot of deer with this. I usally call blind but have tickled the horns with deer in sight and have decent results with that as well. I think you terrain setup is important when calling as well.


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