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Horns vs Synthetic vs Bag

Old 08-11-2004, 01:01 PM
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Id like to get serious about trying rattling this year. In the past couple years Ive tried a rattle bag and the bag is falling apart now, making kindling

What are all your thoughts on real antlers vs synthetic antler vs a rattle bag. I dont really have access to a pair of good real horns. Do you think they all sound good enough to work as well?

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Old 08-11-2004, 01:16 PM
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I like my rattle bag. Nothing beats the sound of real horns, but the bag sounds good and is so darn convienent.
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Old 08-11-2004, 01:32 PM
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Real is all I use. My old partner used the rattle bag and had some minor success. You could try ebay for mounts or sheds, as long as the sheds aren't over bleeched or decaying they will work.
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Old 08-11-2004, 10:45 PM
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Real antlers are the only way to go. We probably find a pick up load of shed antlers each year, so getting a couple of good rattling horns is pretty easy for me. My favorite pair that I'm using now score 152" with out a spread credit. I found both pair around a protein feeder. We hunted for this buck for 2 seasons and never got him, hopefully this year we will find him.
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Old 08-12-2004, 03:52 PM
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I like real antlers. Saw of the brow tines and save your thumbs!
There is nothing quite as exciting as rattling up a buck!
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Old 08-13-2004, 07:08 AM
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Some think I'm nuts but when things get slow on warm afternoons I have taken my arrow off my bow and then used it to smack and tick the other shafts in my quiver and hit the limb on my bow. Just generally make a racket. I have brought bucks in too many times using this technique to be a coinsidence. Unfortunately I have not brought in any mature bucks but alot of 1.5 bucks. One time I brought in three bucks and they stood there for a while and then started sparring. The biggest one was a 2.5 year old 9 point. I couldn't get a shot at him. He was always behind the little ones or facing straight at me or behind a tree. It was fun though. I have had bucks come running to me when using my old climber. It makes a hell of a racket and must sound like sparring from far off. They would catch me half way up with no bow (on ground).
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