Calling is an effective technique for most animals.
- 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.
- Here are some of the sounds that can be imitated to draw game to you.
- Territorial sounds: Deer “rattle,” elk “bugle,” or a turkey “gobble”
- Feeding sounds: A duck's feeding “chuckle”
- Distress sounds: Inviting coyotes, bobcats, or foxes to feed
Chemicals released from an animal’s glands or waste give off scents that communicate to other animals.
These scents are used to:
- Mark territory.
- Attract others for mating purposes.
Non-game scents can be used to mask human odor or attract game animals.
- Pine or earth scents cover body odor and allow hunters to get close to game animals without frightening them.
- Odors that smell like preferred foods attract animals to an area to feed.
Decoys are life-like models of game used to lure animals toward a hunter’s position. They are typically used to hunt waterfowl—ducks and geese—and wild turkey.
Decoys are most effective when used with scents and game calling.