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hunter25's picture
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shed hunting advice

Since everyone has been talking about sheds now I was wondering what the plan of attack is for looking for them.

I know most of you don't just stumble around hoping to find some.

Is there a pattern or certain areas or such that usualy produces more? I only find one or two a year but would like to get into it more.

jaybe's picture
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Hunting for Sheds

If you know the area you are hunting, you are half-way there. Look in the areas where the deer normally bed. Often a buck or bull will do a little rubbing or scratching the ground right after he gets up from sleeping, and that activity will result in knocking off an antler that was ready to fall. If there are main travel corridors, they will also be good places to concentrate your efforts. Add to that fencerows, field edges, water holes, staging areas and any other feature that would normally attract deer or elk.

 Good Luck

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You just need to go to where

You just need to go to where the animals have been wintering and start looking.  One year I found a matched set off of a 3x3 buck that stuck his head under a tree for something to eat and they both fell off right there.  One thing to remember is that if you find one look around in the general area and you may find its match.

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Yeah, they actually make

Yeah, they actually make contraptions called "antler traps" in some places, especially where it's legal to bait deer.

They will tie some bungee cords or rope around the base of a couple of trees, maybe 1-2 feet off the ground. Then, they'll pour some feed directly under it.

So, the buck decide to poke his head in there for some food, and when he's done, lifts up his head, and voila!!!!  Pops them right off.

And agreed with your last point, mayke sure to look hard in the areas that you find one, because the other may be really close by.

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Location: Colorado
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fencelines and bedding areas.  Water holes too, but mostly just because there is usually no vegetation around them.  In really shrubby areas you have to basically step on them.  

I've never trained my dog, but he's found a few of my best sheds also.  Will just randomly pick them up, they must smell interesting to him, but hey he also likes sticks.

over1991's picture
Location: Illinois
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I think south facing sides

I think south facing sides are the best place to start cause that is where they bed down and spend alot of time through midday.

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