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Becoming a proficient deer caller will make you a more successful hunter. Rather than simply sitting and waiting for a trophy buck to show up, tactics such as antler rattling can draw aggressive bucks out of the cover and into shooting range. (Photo courtesy of NorthAmericanWhitetail.com)
Becoming a proficient deer caller will make you a more successful hunter. Rather than simply sitting and waiting for a trophy buck to show up, tactics such as antler rattling can draw aggressive bucks out of the cover and into shooting range. (Photo courtesy of NorthAmericanWhitetail.com)

I hadn’t yet thrown in the towel, but I was in the middle of my windup. When you’ve spent over a week fruitlessly scouring western Alberta’s “big bush” for a trophy whitetail, it’s easy to conclude the last half-day of your hunt isn’t going to yield one either.

Then, as I eased along, my eyes picked up something big and dark in the timber ahead. Was this the monster buck I was looking for? Uh . . . no. While clearing a seismograph line years before, an oil company bulldozer had tipped over a lodgepole pine. What I’d spotted was the rootwad’s dark underside, which contrasted boldly with its snow-speckled surroundings. Bummer.

But approaching the felled tree, I realized it might not be a disappointment after all. It offered cover, and the narrow cutline afforded visibility in two directions. From here, perhaps I could call in a big buck. It was the only trick still up my frozen sleeve.

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