Can You Rattle In A Blacktail Buck?

On October 30, 2007, I was hunting here in Linn County, Oregon. I was doing some rattling and I shot a blacktail buck later that morning. I know that buck was in pre-rut mode, because it had quite a bit of fresh shredded bark at the base of it's antlers.

My theory is that I rattled that buck into the area I was hunting. It's hard to prove because I would sit and rattle for about 15 minutes (intermittently) and then I would get up and still hunt very carefully and quietly through the woods and up into a clear-cut.

I ended up seeing the buck in that clear-cut, trying to sneak away from me on it's belly. It was crazy! You can read the whole story here: 2007 Oregon Blacktail Buck

Also, I did see one buck this season on October 31st. And at about the same time I saw the buck (I can't remember if I heard it before or after the buck ran off) I could hear something a little ways off in the trees that sounded like two bucks sparring. It may have even been another hunter rattling some antlers.

I believe the buck I saw was on it's way to check out what was going on in the direction of the rattling.

So, in my opinion, I think rattling can be a very productive technique for hunting blacktails at the end of October, and up through the middle of November.

Has anyone else had any experience with rattling in blacktails? Please share your wisdom!

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Brigham Brewer