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Elk Sheds

As an avid hunter in Arizona, I've found plenty of elk sheds during scouting and hunting seasons but I've never been out for the sole purpose of hunting for sheds. I know the antlers usually fall off in the early spring time but does anyone know when is the best time to get out and start looking?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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Elk Sheds

As soon as the snow begins to thaw. Where I live that's late March, through late April, but many roads aren't passable until late May. Ideally you can be out looking before the new grass really starts to grow and cover them up. Concentrate your searches on winter range, south facing slopes and west facing slopes.
They'll be more obvious there, they are just as likely to fall off in the heavy timber, just much harder to find. Oh, and anywhere they are likely to jar themselves, such as fence crossings, ditch and creek crossings have good potential for antlers to fall off. Of course that also applies to timber, but once again, they are harder to find.

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