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 Post subject: Shed Hunting 101
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:27 pm 
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This is my second year shed hunting. Last year I found 29 sheds! 4 matched sets out of those 29! I have a few tips.
Don't wast time searching in all the wrong areas. There are only a few places I learned while shed hunting last year that hold sheds. The main area is food sources. I cannot stress this enough! You need to locate the deer's food source in the winter. It's usually one or two plants. Once you locate the food source, you will load up on sheds. Be prepared to walk A LONG WAY. Sometimes I walk as far as 5 miles and do not find anything. Other days I walk 5 miles and find 6 or 7 sheds. BRING FOOD AND WATER. I carry a knapsack with food, water and Advil. Stop and eat and drink. This helps you from getting tired and rundown. WALK SLOW! You'd be surprised how many antlers you walk right by. I found one half of an 8 two days ago that I almost walked right on top of. GRID AN AREA. Grid an area that looks good. This will improve your success rate hugely. DON'T GET DISCOURAGED. You are going to have bad days or bad weeks where you are going to find nothing. It happens. Just keep trying and keep walking. You gotta keep walking. You will be rewarded. Use a GPS to mark your trail. Getting lost sucks. I use an app on my iPhone called EveryTrail. It's free. It uses GPS to track where I've been. You cannot get lost using this. It also lets you take pictures of the sheds you find and superimposes it on the map. DON"T TELL ANYONE WHERE YOU ARE FINDING SHEDS!! This cannot be stressed enough. If someone finds out about your hotspot, they will go in well before you and scoop up all the sheds. Keep your mouth shut even though it's hard not to brag sometimes. Yesterday I found footprints in one of my hotspots that I had all to myself last year. Talk about discouraging!!! But I still found 5 sheds in two days there so they can't find them all. Once you find a spot that holds antlers, mark it on a GPS and go back the next year. There will be sheds there again. This year I found a matched set just feet away from where I found an antler last year in the same exact field. I hope this helps anyone just starting out the addiction of shed hunting. Good Luck!

Here are most of the ones I found last winter, My very first winter shed hunting-



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And here are the ones I found so far this winter in 4 days of shed hunting-

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And here's my best one yet. A nice 1/2 of an 8-

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:16 pm 
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Thanks for that info! Hopefully I can get out to shed hunt a bit this year!

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Great info and great finds!

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Thanks for sharing,you did well.

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I'm still looking for sheds. Hopefully I'll get out this week sometime. What do you do with all those sheds you find?


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:29 am 
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Think food source. I cannot stress that enough! You need to learn what the deer eat in the winter. It's usually only one or two plants. If you can locate their food source you will load up on sheds every day that you go out and look. I keep all my sheds and have them on display.

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