Thread: Shed hunting
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Old 01-06-2020, 12:23 PM
Central PA Sportsman
Join Date: Feb 2017
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My understanding is that if a buck senses that there are still doe to be bread (does still in heat) their testosterone levels remain high and antlers stay on. Once most does have been bread, a bucks testosterone levels start to wain and his antlers drop. Here in Central PA I've seen bucks with antlers as late as mid March; also seen bucks shed antlers in late December. I keep an eye on does; constantly looking at their tarsel glands. Again my understanding is dark tarsel glands indicate a doe in heat or ready to breed. Once bread, a doe will lick her tarsel glands clean (almost back to white). Good luck shed hunting!
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