A New Way to Rattle

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A New Way to Rattle

Postby Ben Sobieck » Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:18 am

Submitted by Jim Schlender, Publisher/Community Leader Knives & Firearms - F+W Media.

Honestly, how do you come up with a new way to rattle? More than 25 years ago when rattling a set of antlers together to call deer caught on, we used the real thing. Then we graduated to synthetic "rattling horns." Then came the still-popular rattle boxes and rattling bags. Done, right? Well, not so fast.

On a recent hunt in Alabama, Knight & Hale Game Calls' engineering manager Greg Burcham told me he wanted to show me a new rattling system he'd patented. I was prepared to be underwhelmed, but after playing around with the company's new-for-2009 Pack Rack for couple minutes, all I could say was this: Cool!

The Rack Pack comprises two pieces of a super-tough polymer. With the halves nested together, the Rack Pack is completely silent and takes up no more space in your pack than a softball. Pull the two halves apart, grab the handles and you're ready to rattle. Look at the pictures and you'll get the idea.

What's really neat about the Rack Pack is how easy it is to change the tone and volume. Grip the halves tightly with cupped hands and crack them together to produce the sounds of large, heavy antlers. Loosen your grip and gently clink the ridged half against the rounded half and you can imitate the sounds of light sparring.

Burcham said it took a lot of trial and error to come up with the consistency of polymer that would make the most realistic sounds, but finally he was satisfied. I think it's safe to say that if you like to rattle, you too will be pleased with his effort.




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RE: A New Way to Rattle

Postby Patriot » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:13 am

Neat!  My backpack seems pretty full already.  The rattle bag seems the best use of space.....for me anyhow.
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RE: A New Way to Rattle

Postby JPH » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:25 am

The primary advatage I see in this vs. a rattle bag, is that you can produce the loud "crash" that comes from antlers coming together. The only way I've been able to come close to that with the bag is to smack it against a tree with an open palm.
I'd like to get my hands on one of those and play with it. Are they in stores yet?

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RE: A New Way to Rattle

Postby Goose » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:41 am

Looks neat but I'm a little skeptical. Ill definitely try it out though when it hits the stores.

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RE: A New Way to Rattle

Postby wack » Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:44 am

Looks cool, but when rattling you have to be ready to shoot. I've rattled in deer many times and get busted reaching for my bow so I changed my method and have been trying to perfect it this past 2 seasons.
 I don't use my hands to rattle anymore. I keep my bow in hand, arrow knocked and put a rattle bag on the ground and rattle it by foot. Add a few leaves and sticks, stomp your feet, role the rattle bag, make rattle and ground noises all at the same time.
 Of course my new method doesn't work from a tree stand, but I think getting the added ground noise really helps.
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RE: A New Way to Rattle

Postby little_deer_aaron » Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:35 pm

wow now that looks intresting to say the least i wonder if Knight & Hale has a video of it on line it would be cool to see

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