Often in deer hunting, going unseen and unheard is the key to success.

No stand will is worth hunting if you can’t get there without alarming the deer in the vicinity. You spook your quarry before the game begins.

It’s the same with the wind.

Park yourself in a stand that’s upstream of the direction you expect deer to come and they’re likely detect you before you ever see them. The wind will have carried your tell-tale scent to that deer’s nose before you even know he’s around.

There are times, though – if you’ve snuck in successfully and are upwind – that you want to make noise.

That’s where calling deer comes in.

Early in the season, use a call to make fawn bleats or bawls. That often triggers the maternal instinct of adult does.

Those deer may understand that it’s not their own offspring making the noise. But they’ll many times come in to investigate anyway.

A doe bleat can work the same way.

Later in fall, as the rut – or breeding season -- ramps up , switch to making more aggressive grunt calls. Vary your grunts in length and intensity, so that you sound realistic, like a buck that’s angry and looking for fight, eagerly seeking a mate or out of breath from battling a competitor or chasing a doe.

Bucks often wheeze, too, so try to mimic that sound.

Just be sure – whatever sound you’re making – that you’re well hidden. Deer have an amazing ability to determine, just like that, where a sound came from. They’re amazingly perceptive that way when it comes to their surroundings.

If you’re exposed, they’ll spot you.

So to be successful, use stealth, hide yourself, then be noisy about it.

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