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Old 12-12-2005, 11:55 PM
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My brother and I are gonna be looking for sheds once the bucks drop their racks...I was wondering if you guys have any tips to aid in finding them?
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Old 12-13-2005, 01:18 AM
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This website might be helpful and it might contain links to other websites, I am not really sure though.


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Old 12-13-2005, 06:16 AM
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last spring was my first year i really put some effort into shed hunting. i am fortunate enough to have land right behind my house wear the deer group for winter. but i found when looking for sheds,don't look to far in front of yourself. stand in a spot and start at your feet and scan the ground in a semi circle. as you cover the ground with your eyes keep looking farther out,but not to far. seemed to work really well for me last year.
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Old 12-13-2005, 05:06 PM
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How early is the earliest you guys have found sheds?
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Old 12-13-2005, 05:39 PM
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late december
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Old 12-13-2005, 05:49 PM
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I have never shed hunted but I think I will try it some
this year. I know you have to beat the squirrels and rabbits to them.
They like to eat them up.
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Old 12-13-2005, 08:28 PM
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Yeah, I found a real nice one a couple years ago, but it had a big ol' hole gnawed in it already from something... I gave it away; might have added to the character, I guess, but I thought it ruined it. I think nice sheds make awesome decorations on a mantle or bookshelf somewhere.
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:56 PM
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Look any place the deer are. Thats the best advice I can give. Bedding and feeding areas are the best. But they can fall off any place.
I find around 75-100 per year and I still haven't figured it out.
What's everyones biggest shed? I have a single side 106 3/8 and a matched set 202 6/8 with no spread, of course.

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Old 12-13-2005, 09:58 PM
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I forgot, I already have pics of 1/2 racks and one with both sides gone.
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:04 PM
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One thing that I can say is "you will rarley find a shed - until you look for them specifically"

I mean - don't go turkey hunting in May and expect to find sheds - you probably wont.

When you are looking for shed antlers you have a different mentality. I've found sheds as early as late December, but must I find as the snow melts in March and April around here.

A couple tips:

Deer run when they are scared - and if you can find the closest escape cover to the feeding areas in January - you will find the most sheds there. They get knocked off on the edges of the "cover".

Sure you'll find some in the food source (corn, apple orchards, clearcuts) - also bedding (not many)- but most are found on the Edges of both- at least thats my experience.

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