Hunting for deer antler sheds has become a big event in recent years. People hunt for shed antlers for various reasons and some are not even hunters. Some want to find shed deer antlers to make various items …lamps, knives, etc. Others are serious about finding shed antlers for management purposes. Finding shed antlers (especially both sides) allows the you to rough-score the bucks to get a good idea of current and future quality. In addition, finding a particular buck’s antlers can let you know if he’s made it through the winter or if he’s still in the area. Also, finding numerous shed antlers over years on a particular piece of property allows you to gain knowledge regarding the areas that bucks are frequenting.
Here are a few tips to increase your chances of finding deer sheds
When bucks drop their antlers can vary by region and even parts of the state. I recommend keeping an eye on the deer herd or using your game camera to document when bucks are losing their head-gear in your area. Then it’s just a matter of getting out there and putting in some time. Good luck!
SHED HUNTING - By Joe Shead
A GUIDE TO FINDING WHITE-TAILED DEER ANTLERS
The first book dedicated entirely to shed hunting. The 160-page book is an in-depth guide that teaches you how to find naturally shed white-tailed deer antlers.
Written by Joe Shead, a former managing editor of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine and a passionate shed hunter.
Some of the nicest antlers are those found by hunters when a buck sheds them after the deer hunting season. Send us a photo of the shed antlers you have found.
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