Thursday, January 31, 2013

One Season ends and another Season begins

It will be shed hunting season soon and I am starting to get itchy. I have been out once already but I feel it is still a little early yet, at least in my neck of the woods. I found these shed hunting tips from Trophy Hunting that I would like to share with you, they all makes a lot of sense.
1. Be sure you aren’t too early. On that first warm day in late winter I get excited to do some shed hunting. But I know going too early could screw up an area and push un-shed bucks to another property. As hard as it is to wait, it’s best to make sure the bucks have dropped their antlers first.

2. Check trail cameras. Move your trail cameras to winter travel routes, food plots, or over a feeder. Checking the bucks on your trail cameras will let you know whether it’s time to go shed hunting or not.

3. Train your eyes. I like to use an exercise to help my eyes adjust to finding sheds. Grab an old deer shed and continuously throw it in front of you with your eyes closed. Once it lands, open and let your eyes find it. Like with mushroom hunting, once your eyes adjust you can spot sheds much easier.

4. Take some binoculars. Having some binoculars with you can help debunk a bone colored branch or a pine cone reflecting the sun 20 yards away. This makes things a little easier and may even help you find a few deer sheds that you might not have investigated otherwise.

5. Take a pack or rope. A hunting pack is useful for bringing some lunch if need be and definitely some water to stay hydrated. It also gives you a way to carry all the buck  sheds you find. You can also bring some lightweight rope to tie onto the sheds so you can toss them over your shoulder. It just makes it easier than holding them and frees your hands up.

6. Find a good stick. Just like when I go mushroom hunting, having a good walking stick is a must for me. It’s good for moving briers out of your way, giving you support on steep ridges, and just makes walking easier.

7. Walk slow. This is one that I catch myself not doing sometimes. But walking slower will help you be more successful. Let your eyes dictate your speed, not your legs.

8. Check southern exposures. Deer like to lay on the south side of ridges and wood edges to soak up radiant heat. The snow also melts in these ares first and makes it a good place to look for sheds.

9. Look down. This may seem obvious but it’s amazing how many times you’ll catch yourself looking ahead for deer or at the terrain while you’re walking. I’ve almost stepped on deer sheds while looking too far ahead.

10. A little snow is good. If possible, it’s nice to have a little bit of snow on the ground. It makes it easier to see travel routes and fresh deer sign when deer shed hunting.

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  1. Rick
    Great tips for the season to come--by the way you know those antlers came big bucks on Ebay. Thanks for sharing

  2. Thanks for sharing, I just had someone ask me about the shed season where I am, and I had no idea. But I think we're close enough that I can pass your blog alone! He's in Virginia, I'm just south of Albany in NY. Close enough to CT!

  3. Great tips...I haven't spotted a shed for quite some time...maybe this is going to be my year. Training your eyes is a great idea. Also the southern exposure I have had luck with...good luck hunting for sheds. And looking down...when teaching my son and nephew the art of shed hunting, they both walked right past and over an 8pt skull...boy were they disappointed to see that Mom/Aunt Dar found it., that would be me. lol

  4. Also, did you know (you probably do) that there's a dog training kit out there for hunting sheds? My mom got it for her lab, but has never done anything with it. It comes with a fake antler to get the dog used to the shape, and then also "antler spray" that makes it smell like it should. Then you just teach your dog to play hide and seek, and hopefully eventually they'll seek out some real antlers!

  5. Bill, I have seen antlers on ebay and it is quite tempting to bid on some.

    Alyssa, I have thought about training my dog to be a shed hunter for quite sometime but didn't know about the kit. Thanks for the info.

    Dar, it has been awhile for me as well and do look forward to getting out.