Deer are as individual as we are. How they react to any given stimulus is just as varied as how you or I or any other person will react to the same stimulus.
What all that means is you just cannot be sure how the deer will react to a grunt. I have several grunt calls and have used them on on deer. So far I've never ever blind called one in that I know of. At least none have ever showed up after blind calling. BUT if I see or hear them near me and call with an old Primos call I have them will "most" of the time come to me or in my direction.
BUT not always. I've had them run like a rabbit at the sound. I've had them ignore the sound. Now with NONE of the other grunt calls I own have I ever gotten a positive reaction from any deer I've used it on that was where I could see or hear the reaction. Why this is so I don't know but it is.
So don't be surprised at the reaction you get from any given deer when you grunt.
I do agree most times a loud whistle will stop them. Most times. Nothing is always with deer.
Just my observation... I'm closing in on 100 bucks since 1959, between
NY-NC-ND. Since 1978 I have used grunts, any number of scents, rattlin' bags, etc. I stopped a few years ago. I can honestly say, I never felt that
any of this stuff helped me shoot any deer. I admit to probably being swayed by commercials. I hunt either by stealth, patience (often 2 plus
miles walk in, on stand all day), and I am vigilant about playing the wind.
Above all I am addicted to workouts.. more than deer.
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