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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