not to sure about AZ, but in Idaho we wait till they fall off......
Just kiddin dude....... I've got a trip planned next weekend to the WAHA's for an overnight shed hunt and to do a little preseason "spring bear" scouting. The weather here has been mild and most of our snow is gone so I'm optimistic.
Post your results....I'd love to see what you come up with.
I know here in Colorado, around where I live, the bigger bulls are not quite shedding yet, maybe a couple more weeks. I've seen the smaller bulls hold there antlers until the end of April, while I'm turkey hunting. Some of the big bucks have started shedding though. Good luck and good hunting!
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...