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Old 11-08-2010, 11:43 AM   #1
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Anybody have luck rattling in east or northeast Texas?

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Old 11-08-2010, 11:44 AM   #2
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I think the doe to buck ratio is to high out in those parts to have good success at rattling
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:49 AM   #3
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I don't know, I was not in east Texas but near Gatesville yesterday and rattled up 2 axis does and 2 whitetail does. Did not see a buck that was a shooter. So in my opinion sometimes curiousity to the ratttling will draw animals in.
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:52 AM   #4
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Yes!! I pulled in a mature 8pt (I'm guessing about a 120) from the other side of a clear cut on Saturday morning. This was just south of Lufkin in Angelina county. He came directly across the clear cut and pulled up at 147 yards. He stood there for about 2-3 minutes trying to figure out where I was, but wouldn't come any closer than that. With a rifle, it would have been an easy shot.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:02 PM   #5
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I think the doe to buck ratio is to high out in those parts to have good success at rattling

I hunted there for 20 + years and can tell you that DR DEER and the local poachers keep most of the doe's hammered down. I had the most success rattling the last two weeks of October. The rut is winding down in east Texas at this point though.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:06 PM   #6
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I have tried it several times with no success, I think grunting and bleating will do just as much good.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:07 PM   #7
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I pulled in an 8-point last weekend with a grunt and bleat. I've never had success in ET with rattling, but then I have mostly hunted public lands.

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Old 11-08-2010, 12:39 PM   #8
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I have only had it work on a couple of occasions. I have friends that have had decent success with it. I imagine there are probably more deer that come to them then what most of us realize but we can not ever see them due to the heavy cover. Q2Xlman on here has had good success on several places here in east TX. He rattled in 5 different deer why hunting one of my stands one day and on that same day I had a buck (140") chasing a doe wide open all through the area I was hunting. That was the most rut activity I have ever seen while hunting in east TX.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:42 PM   #9
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I think during the right times it is worth the effort. For us that is prerut before the bucks get locked on does. Our place is in Leon Co. and I have rattled in several bucks over the years, but unless the timing is right I don't bother.
BTW our buck/doe ratio is not too bad.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:49 PM   #10
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rattled in Palestine this past weekend, just finished up my first sequence when a nice buck came charging in, i smoked him...
Next bday i rattled in another nice buck for my dad
You gotta at least give it a try
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:05 PM   #11
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:07 PM   #12
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In the past I had no luck but to be honest as posted above the ratio was so out of whack that it could not be effective. I havn't tried it in years but I believe due to AR, more does being harvested, and more mature bucks it could be a go.

The rut is just now getting going in my county and never has ended in October.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:13 PM   #13
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Our rut is just getting started in Anderson county, its far from over
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:31 PM   #14
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I too, am in Harrison Co. and our rut hasn't even started good yet. Our peak rut is November 18-20th and has been since I started paying attention about 10 years ago. Only saw young bucks chasing does this weekend, the big boys aren't ready yet.

I have had decent success during the peak rut, but timing is everything. I will definitely be out during the weekend before Thanksgiving hoping one of my target bucks slips up.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:35 PM   #15
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I would say that in Panola County the rut is going pretty well now.

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Old 11-08-2010, 06:25 PM   #16
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I too, am in Harrison Co. and our rut hasn't even started good yet. Our peak rut is November 18-20th and has been since I started paying attention about 10 years ago. Only saw young bucks chasing does this weekend, the big boys aren't ready yet.

I have had decent success during the peak rut, but timing is everything. I will definitely be out during the weekend before Thanksgiving hoping one of my target bucks slips up.

Finally seen a big 8 trying to cross the hwy yesterday evening the big boys are getting ready don't wait too long.

Tomorrow morning may be my first daylight hunt of the season. What I mean is first time I get to the stand before daylight...better clarify as I'm in East Texas.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:38 PM   #17
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Killed an old seven point a few years ago in Hankamer near Anahuac. I hadn't rattled more than a minute when the ole boy busted out into the right of way looking for a fight. It works but only during the right time. That's the only deer I've had luck rattling in in ET.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:44 PM   #18
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Tried probably 50 times and it's worked exactly 0 times! Maybe I'm no good at it I dunno. Ill keep trying!
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:53 PM   #19
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I rattled some in Cherokee Co. this past weekend. I had just seen a Buck cross a right-of-way I was hunting. I waited a few minutes then rattled like
crazy. That Buck came running through the thicket knocking trees down til he got down wind of me and then it was "Game Over" ! I have had similiar results in Anderson Co. I rattled one in late one evening when pretty much dark. I had walked back to my 4 wheeler and just decided what the "heck";I rattled and he came charging in, but he stopped when he couldnt find the "Bucks". I rattled again and he found me.
Am planning to borrow a buddys Buck decoy soon to see if that might seal the Deal !
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:28 PM   #20
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yes but it really dont count as our buck to doe ratio is almost 2:1 even though we are low fence. It works well along with scents and calls, but these bucks have to work hard to get a piece of the action and the fighting is fierce!!(we are in the process of killing bucks now due to higher mortality rate from fighting.)
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