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David Petersen
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Just back from the (first of two) AZ hunt, and I did try some grunting, etc. It’s pre-rut now for those Sonoran whitetails with full rut not until mid-Jan. I grunted in one buck right to my stand, and he was an entirely different animal than the relaxed Coues I saw otherwise. Never saw anything like it and that was the end of my brief grunting career, at least pre-rut. Rattling produced nothing, though I watch a couple of bucks sparring so the timing was good. The “can” doe in heat call works pretty well — for calling in curious does. A rifle hunter friend said he uses the grunter to get deer to stand from their day beds when he’s glassing for something to stalk. On windy days they stay bedded all day, so that’s a good trick that could work for bowhunters too. I’m anxious to see if and how any of this changes during the rut-prime hunt next month. Thanks for all the good input, dave