Muntjac tend to be most active and sighted at dawn and dusk, but can be seen at all times of the day. Calling adds a new dimension to stalking deer; using the whole day effectively for hunting Muntjac, also offering the best light for filming and photography.

Nice weather, when pleasant to be out and about seems to bring the best results, but rain makes no real difference. Calling at any time of day can be successful but the most dramatic results seem to be as evening draws near. Position is important – downwind of the deer with a good solid background like a bush or tree trunk to mask any movements made by the Caller or companions.

Muntjac deer standing facing the sound of a call

Muntjac can often be attracted to a hidden caller by sucking/blowing/squeezing on a Roe call. Calling can often be quite dramatic with the animals approaching quite closely. You can usually see a deer within five minutes and from then on you are being stalked! Sometimes barking is triggered by the call and this makes things easier, but you must remain vigilant as you are often stalked by several Muntjac at the same time. The deer are concentrating upon you most intently and any false move will cause them to run away. However, if you continue the calling they often circle amongst the nearest cover.

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