Are the rattleing bags any good at all? I have had one for years, but heve nevr used it. Or even know for sure HOW to use it best.
I don't know about rattling bags. I started with real antlers before bags were around. I do have one that I found once a few years back that some hunter had either lost or thru away. I don't like the sound of it, too light sounding, but thats just me. They sound like small young deer. I don't condem them, I'm sure hunters have used them and brought deer in. Most rattling sounds do not carry very far in big woods. I would think one would have to bang one of those bags pretty hard to have the sound reach out. That's why I prefer real and heavy ones. I feel when big bucks fight, they know that sound, it's not like small bucks fighting. That's just my take on it, my chalenge now a days are big mature bucks. But, real antlers, bags or whatever, they should draw something in, if they hear it. It's like you hearing a party going on, on the next street. You know something is going on there. Deer are sometimes inquisitive and bound to check it out, young deer that is.
Like I said, I prefer mornings, but have rattled in small bucks on some afternoons, on some days. When I rattle, time length is only 15 to 20 seconds, and 20 to 30 min. in between. I just want them to know something is going on, let them figure it out, and they will. There are some draw backs as with anything. Some mature bucks will try to sneek in, into the wind to try to locate the doe thats being fought over, in hopes of getting her for himself. You could get busted. Unless you are in fairly open country, you will never know that he has found you. He will quietly sneek back out the way he came, cause he knows it was safe till then. The only time you are going to scare anything is if they see you moving. Always take a good slow look around before starting to rattle. It's sometimes uncanny how they can pin point where the sounds came from.
A good hunting friend rattled in a small 8pt last Sat. morn.. It's early in the season, so elected to pass on it. A few minutes later he rattled again in hopes to attract some thing bigger, but just brought the small 8 back. Three different times he said he brought that buck in. If your careful, you have nothing to lose. It's just great bringing something to you and shooting it. One more thing, windy days are a waist of time.