The 2009 Deer & Wild Turkey Expo at the fairgrounds in Columbus was just as good as its predecessors.
Thousands of hunters attended and there were hundreds of booths with everything from weaponry to bumper stickers and seminars on deer processing and turkey calling. Maybe more importantly, there were lots of experts there to talk to and learn new things about hunting Ohio's two most important game animals.
One of those experts was Jerry Peterson, president of Woodwise Calls. Jerry's been in business since 1985, building and manufacturing his own calls. He had a "rattling bag" which could be dropped to the ground from a tree sand and bounced there to call in bucks during the rut, and a "screaming peacock" call to use as a turkey locator. But much more importantly, he had a technique for calling deer that I'd not heard of before.
It's standard practice during the rut to use a buck grunt and/or antler rattles to call in bucks high on testosterone, and that works during the height of the rut. "It's a lot better to open any calling with social sounds," he said, "rather than aggravated grunts and roars. And a doe call is best for that. An attention grunt, a soft bleat which says "come to me" is productive, as is a contact call, which says "here I am," and a contact call that says "I'm lost, come to me."