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How To Call Deer Without the Call

Deer hunters are innovative sportsmen when it comes to deer calls. Here’s how to call deer on your own.

Sometimes you don’t need the best new product and can DIY a deer call.

Let’s take a look at some ways you can create sounds that can close the distance between you and your prey.

The Grunt:

A “homemade grunt” can be mustered by simply doing what your mom told you was rude and inappropriate. A good, hearty belch can rouse the attention of a wandering buck nearby. The guttural and quite natural sound of a trained belch is better than anything a plastic call can duplicate.

Within the realm of grunts are tending grunts, breeding grunts, buck bawls, roars, and the like. Vocalizations among deer vary between individuals, but if you practice and get the basics down you can consistently fool your wary prey.

We’ve established that table manners are out the window with calling deer, so we can look further into the vocabulary of whitetails.


The Snort Wheeze:

The snort wheeze can be a very effective call. This call can be duplicated with nothing more than your nose and a little air.

As gross as it might be, and with a clear nose I might add, close one nostril and blow two short bursts followed by a long descending burst of air. This call, used in conjunction with grunts, can challenge most any bruiser buck and peak the sneaky interest of younger bucks.

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Doe Bleat:

Doe bleats and grunts are accomplished by forcing air in a “mew” sound out without the deep tone of a grunt or burp.

It takes experimentation and practice to consistently make the sound that is “right.” It is preferable that you practice alone; otherwise you get some awkward stares from those around you.


Unless you have false teeth and can rattle them together, rattling is nearly impossible to duplicate. I have heard of some hunters rattling treestand pins and making a noise resembling antlers, but that is a bit far-fetched.

When a good buck is just out of range and headed in the wrong direction, hunters will make almost any sound in hopes of turning their head.

The most important advice when trying to master DIY deer calls is to stay positive, consider the situation, and make your noises wisely. With practice, you’ll learn what works and what doesn’t.

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How To Call Deer Without the Call