Call­ing bucks in the rut

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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

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