Calling bucks in the rut
Now the roebuck season is well and truly under way, is there any way I can attract bucks, as I know you can call them in the rut?
Yes, but you have to think like a territorial buck to give yourself any chance of success. In spring the buck’s testosterone is heightened and the removal of velvet from the antlers and marking of their territories gives you a good chance to outwit him.
Over the years I have used several methods of calling bucks during the rut — sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. Playing on a buck’s insecurities about patrolling his “patch”, I will often sit in the morning overlooking an area with the wind in my face. Then I start to bark, imitating a buck ejecting a younger or neighbouring buck from his territory. The barks — no more than three at a time — need to be short and irregular, and then stop. If a buck is close and you have got that deep guttural tone correct, he will come and see what is going on.
There are various attractants available that are designed to simulate a roebuck’s scent that he leaves on a fray or scrape on the ground, to deter rivals. Set up your own scrape and adorn with scent (buck urine) or attractant, and see what happens. This works best with a trail camera sited nearby to check timings. Good luck and practise barking at home, not the woods. BP
To successfully call a roebuck you have to think like one