John's Journal...


Introduction to Double-Calling

Click to enlarge Editor’s Note: I went to Texas to learn the double-calling technique for calling deer, which could involve two or three hunters. From what I saw and learned, I believe double-calling deer is much more effective than if a single person tries to call deer alone. With this tactic, I believe two or three hunters can see and take twice as many bucks in a day of hunting as one hunter can. In the early days of professional football, one athlete might play both offense and defense and be required to play several different positions on both the offensive and defensive teams. However, as the game developed, teams soon learned that having specialized players at each position on both offense and defense helped them perform more effectively, score more touchdowns on offense and stop more touchdowns being scored on defense than if one man tried to play two or three positions. From what I saw of double-calling, this philosophy also could be incorporated successfully into deer huntinClick to enlargeg.

Finally the 9-point buck we had watched for some time moved away from the herd of other bucks and does. He had heard the rattling of antlers produced by Steve Warner, wildlife biologist, and the grunt calls of Rod Haydel, president of Haydel's Game Calls. "We've got him hooked now. All we have to do is reel him in," Warner said as he continued to lightly click the large antlers together. When the rattling stopped, Haydel gave short calls on his grunt tube. The buck listened and continued to circle to our right. "The buck will circle downwind of us before he comes in," Warner said. "Get ready John! When you have an open shot, prepare to make it. The next time Rod grunts and the buck stops, make the shot." Warner and Haydel were double calling bucks. The buck was in the clear now. The crosshairs of my scope were on the buck's shoulder. When I heard Haydel grunt, I saw the deer's ears go up. The animal froze like a statue. Gently I squeezed the trigger until the rifle reported. But insteClick to enlargead of the buck's piling up in a heap as I expected, he began to trot up the hill. I was dumbfounded. I knew I had shot accurately and that the shot I delivered should have put the buck down instantly. But the animal still walked off as though he never had been hit. "Take the second shot," Warner instructed.

At that moment, Haydel grunted. The buck stopped again, and I fired a second time. This time I aimed square in the middle of the deer's back as he went away from me and up the mountain. The second shot, unlike the first, dropped the buck in his tracks. I still was puzzled, however, about why I had missed the first shot. My aim was steady. I'd squeezed the trigger, not jerked it. The shot felt right. But the buck didn't go down. At first I wanted to blame the rifle or the scope. However, then I remembered I had just sighted the rifle in two days before and I had taken all precautions to make sure my scope wasn't bumped. WhenClick to enlarge I got close to the buck, I saw that my rifle nor the scope was to blame. The surprising good news was that neither was I. Although the bullet had landed exactly where I had aimed, apparently the 7mm Magnum had gone through the deer so quickly the energy from the bullet had not caused the damage at that close range I had hoped it would. But I was proud of my trophy-racked buck, the hunt we had made, and the opportunity I had had to learn how, where, when and why double-calling bucks is so effective.


Check back each day this week for more about DOUBLE CALL TO BAG BIG BUCKS...

Day 1 - Introduction to Double-Calling
Day 2 - Duet Calling
Day 3 - Trio Trophy-Buck Calling – The Shooter & The Rattler
Day 4 - Trio-Trophy Buck Calling - The Grunter
Day 5 - Solo Double-Calling



Entry 270, Day 1