View Full Version : Stop them from running

October 29, 2007, 01:52 PM
You might have heard this tip before, and it is a good one, but for those that haven't heard...

Learn to whistle loud without using fingers. I never could do it before, but one time while I was unemployed, I decided to give it a try. It took me several days of practicing (a minute or two, on and off during the day), but eventually it started to produce a whistle. Got better and better at it until I can let out a loud, crisp whistle without having to use a hand or fingers on the lips.

Here's where it applies to hunting.
When I'm in the field and a deer, elk, etc. come running or trotting through my area, I bring my rifle up and let out a loud whistle and they stop in their tracks to locate the sound. They give me a good shot and it has brought home meat every time I've tried it. Deer are not as smart as elk, I've had a deer start running because I took too long to take a shot, and was able to stop it again with another whistle.

Variations of this tactic are using a game call to stop them. If they are fleeing a threat as in running from another hunter, they might not stop, but a game call just might snap them out of their flight instinct. Deer will stop if you simply yell at them too. Hope it puts some meat in the freezer for you.

October 29, 2007, 06:00 PM
I never learned to use my fingers to whistle...sad gap in my mis-spent youth.

October 31, 2007, 04:00 PM
I never got the hang of whistling. However, with deer I just BRRRRRR at them and they stop 95% of the time. :D

October 31, 2007, 08:38 PM
You don't even have to whistle that loud. I can't whistle with my fingers but I can just 'put my lips together and blow' loud enough to stop them. I agree that it works better than it rightfully should. I've also seen it not work.

October 31, 2007, 09:32 PM
It works too if you have a deer that insists on keeping his rear end to you. A low whistle or any light sound will make him turn his head enough to make a good shot. He generally won't raise it tho, just turn it for a look while keeping it at the same level.

November 1, 2007, 06:10 AM
how do people come up with such "new" hunting tactics?:rolleyes: