How to Make a Deer-Hunting Rattling Rig


Rattling horns have a special allure that doesn’t always work, but when it does, the result can be magical. I grunted a big buck toward my stand, but it hung up and began moving away when it crossed the blood trail of a doe, I’d recently shot. I reached for the horns, banged them twice and turned the buck back on course.

Hunters have long known that simulating a fight between antlered rivals can lure in a dominant buck, yet not just any antlers will do. If you’ve tried to use shed antlers your knuckles will quickly feel the pain of bashing brow tines. Also, deer antlers are noisy and difficult to carry. Here’s a great tip from the Field & Stream website showing how to make a very functional set of rattling antlers in just a few steps.

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.