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By Mike Handley

Richard Gates, New York
Richard Gates, New York

With the flick of a wrist back in 2000, Mike Beatty made a well-known company’s little-known product a household word among deer geeks. The Ohio hunter credits Will Primos’ doe-in-a-can with luring the world record (286 4/8-inch) Irregular within bow range.

Nowadays, you’d be hard pressed not to find The Can or some other company’s knockoff inside a deer hunter’s gear bag. Still, whether it’s a doe-bleat canister or a standard grunt call, a hunter isn’t apt to use it unless he or she has confidence in it.

Therein lies the problem.

If you’ve ever experienced success while using a deer call, chances are you’ll be as hooked on it as your teenaged daughter is on the “Twilight” movies. But if you haven’t seen the contraptions work, you’re not likely to keep blowing or flipping them. Am I right?

Human nature.

But remember: You can’t hit a home run if you never pick up the bat. And you won’t be successful grunting or bleating if you don’t ... well ... grunt or bleat.

Lest you think I'm on the payroll of a callmaker, you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s yet another deer hunter who relies on the reed when he wants to close the deal on a piece of wall art.

Bowhunter Richard Gates doesn’t hunt in a traditional big buck state. He hangs his stands or sets up his blinds in New York’s Suffolk County – Long Island farm country. I don’t know how many whitetails he’s taken, but I do know he’s collected a couple of dandies in our record book.

Both were felled with the help of deer calls.

The first time was back in 2002. A big buck chased a doe out of the woods at the far end of a field Richard was watching. His grunting stopped the deer, which abandoned the doe and traveled the full length of the field to give the hunter an 18-yard shot.

History repeated itself four years later. In addition to blowing the tube-style grunt call, Richard flipped a bleat canister as well, and a 22-point, drop-tined monster strolled across the field to within 25 yards of his ground blind. Its BTR composite score is 208 5/8.

Just looking at Richard’s sweet bucks is enough to give ya diabetes!

Dave Mike Strickland Darryl Mutrie BTR Tracy Atchison

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MR.VELLA ( VIC ) RICHEY
# MR.VELLA ( VIC ) RICHEY
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 12:29 PM
I NEVER GAVE GRUNT CALLS MUCH OF A CHANCE TO SEE IF THEY WORKED OR NOT . I USED THEM A FEW TIMES , BUT WITH NO LUCK . UNTILL THIS YEAR . I HAD 5 DOES AND A SPIKE BUCK WALING PAST MY STAND AT ABOUT 70 YARDS , SO I BLEW A COUPLE DOE BLEATS ON MY GRUNT CALL , AND ALL OF THEM CAME RIGHT UP TO WHERE I WAS STANDING IN MY STAND . IT IS LOCATED ON A RIDGE WITH A MASS OF ACORN TREES AND THE DEER STAYED AROUND MY STAND EATING ACORNS FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES . I COULD HAVE TAKEN ANY ONE OF THEM , BUT WAS WAITING FOR A GOOD BUCK . THE BIG BUCK NEVER MATERIALISED , AND THE DEER FINALLY LEFT , BUT NOW I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN MY CALL AND WILL USE IT MORE OFTEN .
Ken Piper
# Ken Piper
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:14 AM
I know what you mean, Vic. The first time I tried a grunt call, the spike buck ran in so fast that I didn't even have time to put down the call and pick up my bow. I don't always have that kind of success with calling, but sometimes it makes the difference.
Dennis A. McDade
# Dennis A. McDade
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 7:17 PM
You don't know if you don't try.I ain't had a whole lotta luck so far. I got a flextone buck collecter call I'm gonna try this season. I hope to send a photo in this season.
Jerry Wilson
Sunday, October 31, 2010 5:28 AM
I use the Executioner grunt call and social doe I make this is the best combo i have ever seen. or used if you want the best out of a grunt call that wont freeze up or stop working check out wilson game calls

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