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I have lived most of my life in semi-arid regions so I'm always amazed with statements like "the antler was green". Wink

Around here a shed will get green if it is dropped near or in a stream, but away from water they turn white.

Occasionally an antler that has been laying around for a few years will have lichen grown on it. Looks kind of neat, since the lichen can be yellow, orange, even blackish-grey.

Jennings, do you run across any bones at all? Typically I run across a few small skulls (deer, rodent, bird...) or backbones.

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On 2002-10-22 20:14, bitmasher wrote:

Jennings, do you run across any bones at all? Typically I run across a few small skulls (deer, rodent, bird...) or backbones.

Definitely. A lot of raccoon skulls, prolly 50% of the bones I find. I have found deer "parts", just never antlers.

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Do you guys look in areas were they feed,bed down, etc.?
If you are in cold climates check out on the sunny hill sides early in the spring or late winter.

Deer yards in late winter are also great if you can get to them.

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Hey guys I did a search on google.com and found your forum. I live to shed hunt. I take a few trips a year to Canada just to shed hunt. Having found around 750 sheds since 1989. I'm addicted. I would start by finding where deer are wintering, this could be awaysfrom where you saw them during hunting season. If you live close to a city of any size, try hunting the wooded areas and city parks. Most deer that live in these areas tend to stay pretty close to a good food source. I find most of my sheds in 3 areas. They are the beeding areas, where they are feeding and the trails between them. I would say the best way to find sheds is just get out and walk. I spend ovr 300 hours a year looking. The best year I ever had produced 115 sheds. I found over 70 each of the last two years here in Iowa. Good luck hunting.
Chris

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Holy Smokes! 115 sheds a year? I'd say you are a professional and thanks for posting the info.

Two questions for you IShedHunt (or anybody else that wants to comment).

-How often do you find a matching antler set? In my kicking around, I usually just find one but not the other. Is this common?

-If you find a trophy class rack (a pair), can they be recognized as a BC or PY record even though you did not harvest the animal?

Jennings, hmmm that is odd that you find other bones but no antlers. Perhaps you have a lot of professional shed hunters in the area, snagging all the antlers? Wink

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Last year I found what would score probably about 110 (8 point) wasn't bad for a find.

I do think they do score them, not sure which record book though, I think maybe P&Y, but not sure. There was a mention of one of the record holders that was sheds, I just can't remember where I seen it?

Try searching with google and find those sites (P&Y and B&C) or any others and ask them.

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On the Boone and Crockett web site they have a gallery of world records which are worth a gander.

http://www.boone-crockett.org/bgRecords/WorldRecords.asp?area=bgRecords

On the whitetail page, the world record non-typical has a hunter listed as "Picked Up". Perhaps this means it was collected as a shed.

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I'll try and answer your questions. Two years ago I found 16 matched sets. That was my best year to date on matched sets. Last year I found 2 less sheds than the year before, but I only found 9 matched pairs. Sometimes another shed hunter has picked up the mate or with mild winters a buck will travel and his shed could be a mile away. The rodents are terrible here in Iowa, they will chew they points off in a matter of a week or so. Which makes it very difficult to see a main beam unless you are right on top of it. Yes they do measure and record scores for sheds. It's not P&Y or B&C though. It's NASHC or North American Shed Hunters Club and Buckmasters. They use the same scoring system as B&C and P&Y only there is no inside spread credit. Both of these have websites so you can see more info. The NASHC is located at shedantlers.org They are about to issue their third record book. Buckasters I would imagine is just .com after their name. I don't know about being a professional, it's just something I enjoy. I have 3 kids and they go with me whenever possible. The youngest is about to turn 8 and he still hasn't caught on to dad bringing small sheds along in his pack. This year maybe a different story as he watches me a lot more. He still thinks he is the greatest shed hunter in the world as he has found sheds everytime he has went. I guess the best thing that I ever did to improve my shed hunting once I located wintering deer was to purchase a good set of optics. Good luck hunting, Chris

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Thanks for the info Chris. It sounds like it is pretty common not to find a matched set. Roughly 1 in 5 or 6... Makes sense based on what I have observed.

Good point on the inside spread. Guess I totally blanked that from my head as relavant to the scoring... I'll take a look at the sites you suggest too.

I bet your kids have a blast getting outside. And now I know how you get 115 sheds a year, 8 eyes are better than 2! Wink

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The state of Maine has a club and they score sheds.
So check out your state they might have a club also.
A friend of mine a few years back found a pair, and when you put the buts together they would just go thru a 3' wide door caseing. This was a whitetail's and this is no joke.

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