Hi all, so I'm not a hunter... haven't been for about 15 years anyway... but I hike about 2-3 times a week when the weather permits. My brother and I like to hunt for morels and I decided it might be fun to start looking into shed hunting. I live in North Idaho, up near Coeur d'Alene.
Interested in looking for Deer, Elk, and Moose sheds and know ZERO about where to look except from what I've gathered on the Internet. So far, here's what I've been able to find:
- Look down low near food sources rather than at the very tops of ridges (I frequent a bunch of huckleberry patches every year... are these spots that deer or elk may look for food?)
- Focus on south-facing slopes and grassy clearings
- Look in valleys and draws, especially near creeks -- which I gather will be tougher than my normal hiking as I like to stay out of these areas since they're usually very rugged and brushy.
- I know that I should look for rubs... but I've actually never seen a rub and don't know where I should be looking for those.
Aside from this, I'm not really sure what to look for since I've never hunted for any of these animals. I see lots of heavily traveled game trails where I hike and once saw a herd of elk crossing the road while I was driving to one of my hiking spots-- so I know they're out there. No quad or dirtbike, so everything is going to be on foot (which is what I'm after anyway). Any other helpful tips you all could offer that might help me out? It's been a light winter so far and we don't have much snow in our mountains... I'm guessing that means I should be able to start sooner, say the end of February? Does this also mean I need to look higher than I normally would, or would game still come down to the valleys for food?
Hope for some helpful tips to get me started in the right direction!