Our Deer here in Washington shed out about the same as moose and elk....in late January and early Febuary....I havent been out much looking for horns but did find one the other day while out chasing yotes....a 2 point muley horn it's 16" tall
wow, i never even thought abobut looking in the parks for sheds. where i'm at, we have a pretty good deer population in the city, and actually have a wonderful park system. a guy i work with who has a 40 about 20 min from the city said he saw a 6 ptr with both sides last weekend in his bird feeder. i'll have to ask him if he's seen him over this weekend.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...