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Easter Elk Shed Hunt

I had to work yesterday and I finished up the day around 3 in the afternoon; I drove by an area where I had found the left side of a 330-340" 6 pt shed last spring around April 15th. I searched every drainage in about 1/2 mile of where I found the shed. Never found it last spring, but I collected about 8 sheds total within that 1/2 mile area.

Yesterday, within 20 minutes I found the right side, but it was located in the southeast facing position under a pinion so the sun had bleached it. I had walked very close to it last spring, but the dark color did not stand out. I continuied looking for sheds in the area and found a 6 more before dark. Two where complete sets, one 7 pt and the other side was broken at the G4, and one 5 pt. Also found a 5 pt and 4 pt muley sheds. It seemed early for elk sheds, but the weather may have speed up the process.

 

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Awesome

Preston,

Congrats on some great finds and a great shed hunting trip ! Thumbs up

Quinton

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Very nice!!! Hey, Preston and

Very nice!!!

Hey, Preston and Quinton, question....... Do you find that elk usually lose both sides relatively close together?  i know deer shed hunting, it's not as common to find them together, and you see lots of one antlered deer during the shed season.  However, I see lots of matched sets from you guys, and don't think I ever really see photos of one antlered elk.

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Ca_Vermonster - Elk seem to

Ca_Vermonster - Elk seem to drop them together within a 1/4 mile, usually within 200 yards. I was mistaken I did not find the matching side of the shed I found last spring the sizes are a lot different. Thanks for looking guys, Preston

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How far apart ?

Sean,

It really depends and can be just as frustrating ?? Duh I have found that sometimes even with the bigger older bulls they can be some distance apart and I have found both sides to a two year old side by side.

In 2010 I found two decent 6 point sheds from two different bulls  (probably 3 year olds) and never found the matches. They can carry them just like the bucks.

Quinton

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Shed hunting can be a

Shed hunting can be a exercise in futility depending on the elk, deer, or moose. I have found deer antlers in a tree where it looked like the buck placed his head into it and shook it to get them to fall off. I have also found one shed and looked for a month trying to find the other one. Some times I wonder if some elk grow one side of their antlers at a time. I once saw a 5pt bull that only had one antler on his head around the first of May and watched him pack that single antler for another week before I lost him or he lost the antler.

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Very nice finds!  Congrats!

Very nice finds!  Congrats!

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Preston

You did better then I did !! In fact, we got skunked on the elk drops but my friend found 3 deer sheds that were 2 years old. One match set 2 feet apart. It got too warm where I was headed and the Big Bulls moved to the timber. I found the fresh sign and the month old sign and even could smell elk a few times. Found several dead ones (remains) of Elk. Just got the info too late that they had moved. It looked promising , as we pulled in there were 6 bulls standing along the road sporting new growth. Looked like 5-7 year olds. Saw one bull that was in the WOW factor and he was in the 8-10 year old range. He was really wore down and looked like a clydsdale standing there with huge diameter pedistals . All he wanted to do was eat. Saw a buch of cows with spikes and a raghorn bull still sporting his rack. Big Bulls were again all alone or with buddies the same age. They just were not going to tell me where they lost there horns. I have an idea now. Just need a horse or a helicopter. Saw one guy with a 6 by side and he said he found it on the North face in the dark timber on one of the ridges up high.

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Geez, that's a bunch of

Geez, that's a bunch of elk.......

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