Grunt Calls: Don't Leave Home Without Them - by Bruce Wilds

Submitted By Admin Oct .25.2017

I could see pieces of a deer body about 150 yards away in a standing bean field, but I couldn’t get a good enough look through the autumn leaves to see whether it was a buck or not. It was the witching hour that every deer hunter loves in the evening - that last hour when deer are on their feet. I could tell that the deer was walking at a quartering away angle, which would have brought it out into the field I was on about 200 yards away. Much too far for a bow shot. Darkness would surely soon follow and I would have missed an opportunity to fill a tag.

I knew that I had a chance at calling this deer in if it was a buck. It was the last week of October and the bucks had started searching for does as we were in the beginning stages of the rut. With nothing to lose on a cool, quiet evening, I grabbed my H.S. True Talker grunt tube out of my pack and let out a series of fairly loud grunts to ensure that the deer heard me. I instantly lost sight of the deer and grunted a couple more times. Within seconds, I saw a deer bounding through the beanfield on a beeline headed straight for me. The closer it got, the bigger his rack became. I knew that this was going to be my chance after a slow start in October. I readied my Mathews and as the fast approaching buck entered the corner of the woods, I was at full draw. I stopped the buck with my mouth and sent the Easton Axis on its way and made a perfect double lung shot at eight yards. The buck went fifteen yards and fell over. The entire event from start to finish lasted about ten seconds. Had I not had the True Talker grunt tube with me, I never would have had a shot at this deer.

There are no guarantees while hunting, and calling any type of game certainly is no different. There are times, more often than not, when calling to a deer just simply will not work. However, it is the times that you can call them in that you need to be prepared for. Hunters Specialties makes several different types of grunt tubes. Each call has its own unique characteristics to suit the preferences of the hunter.

• The Deceiver Deer Call features a slide adjustment system allowing the user to make a range of calls from fawn bleats, doe bleats, young buck grunts and even mature buck grunts. It has a rubber grip and features a flexible and expandable bellow for realistic tonal inflection.

• The QuadGrunter XT is an improvement on the original QuadGrunter and also features four calls in one. This call has an o-ring that slides up and down on the soundboard in the mouthpiece to create the sound you want.

• The Nemesis Deer Call has a simple twist style mouthpiece that is easy to operate. The hunter just twists the mouthpiece to the desired call that is labeled on the barrel. It features a soft textured body to keep the call quiet as well as an expandable bellow. The call reproduces the sounds of does as well as the full spectrum of buck grunts.

There have been countless other times throughout the seasons where I have used a grunt call to lure in love crazed bucks. There have also been times earlier in my hunting career where I have left the grunt call at home figuring I did not need it, only to wish that I had brought it with me, as bucks passed by in the distance. One thing is for certain - they do not work if you don’t have them. Anymore, I treat a grunt tube like the American Express card: Don’t leave home without it! If you are hitting the woods without one of these calls, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage. Tip the odds in your favor this year and go out prepared to call in a big buck!