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Calling is an effective technique for most animals. There are a variety of sounds that can be imitated to draw game to you.

  • Position calls, like spring turkey calls, indicate the location of another member of the clan. While these calls indicate position, many also will put the game at ease.
  • Distress calls, like squealing rabbit calls, indicate to a fox, coyote, or bobcat that dinner may be trapped nearby.
  • Aggression calls are commonly used by elk hunters during the rutting season to challenge other mating bulls. White-tailed deer hunters rattle antlers, which imitates two rutting bucks fighting.
  • Mating calls duplicate mating activity such as spring gobbler calls, white-tailed deer grunt calls, and antler rattling. Hunters commonly use grunt tubes to attract rutting white-tailed buck. Grunt calls mimic the low, guttural grunt of a white-tailed buck looking for does.

There are hundreds of sounds that can attract all types of wildlife. A skillful hunter uses these sounds to attract animals close enough to him or her for an effective shot. Calls also can be effective when used in conjunction with attractants or lures.

Hunter calling game
A skillful hunter uses sounds to attract the quarry close enough for an effective shot.