Arrowbender wrote:Dan saidCalling blind is a "desperation move" in my mindset...
That's some funny stuff right there.
Would you consider turkey calling or elk calling desperation?
If you can sound like a deer and not succumb to the temptation of over calling;(frequency and aggressiveness) it is a very effective method of whitetail hunting. If done properly any deer within hearing distance; whether mature and swinging a set (antlers); may find it interesting enough to slip in to check it out.
If you read the posts in this thread there are many topics of interest. Several have had "mature" bucks show up while calling to a different buck. That is actually what started my "blind" calling obsession. Others say they never blind call. Huh? I wonder why it doesn't work for them. At least it adds to the 71% of the unsuccessful. Others have called them in without a shot or non-retrieved. I guess that was another non-success???? And most only consider it a rut tactic. Another swing and a miss. I believe one poster was surprised that does come to blind calling. Now that gentleman is getting close. He is sounding like a deer. He just needs to taxi up to the big buck bedding area a little closer and he will start to have a lot of fun.
But, that all being said............Dan is probably right. Last year I blind called in; and killed a Monster; and I am very DESPERATE to do it again !!!!!!!!!
Great thread though. Hopefully at least some Beasts will try to fully digest some of this info and glean something useful and be able to grab some antler this fall.
I've been impressed with your success as well as James success in calling in bucks, you are obviously doing a lot right, and I am obviously not! Are you generally calling when you are fairly close to the bedding area in hopes that the buck will come your direction? Early season are you just light grunting just before prime afternoon movement? I can think of a few buck bedding areas that have multiple outlets and think in some of my setups this might be helpful to steer the buck in my direction. Do you do this in marshes as well as hill country? Is there usually a barrier downwind to keep the buck from winding you?