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Old 12-01-2010, 01:02 PM
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After searching the woods for a long time and also trying to figure out new ways to simplify the process of shed hunting I figured out a way to make deer bring the shed to you.

I'm posting this now because I think the deer will need time to get accustomed to this. Anyhow, here's what you do

Make some stakes you'll need 5 out of wood (Cheap stuff 2x4 scraps) I rip mine down to 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 poles and drive them into the ground I don't know how long to make them I just sorta go with whatever, I think about 24" long is about right. Anyhow
Drive them into the ground in an "X" and then take chicken wire and line them with chicken wire, Then what your gonna do is put some type of bait of your choosing around the outside, until they get accustomed to it and until its time for them to shed their antlers, then when that time comes put the corn inside the X's they'll put their head in and get it caught in the chicken wire and hopefully, it'll pop them loose, simplifying the whole process. (This is all in theory I've never tried them just seemed logical to me anyhow)

Any ideas or ways to make this better I'd love to hear them

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Old 12-01-2010, 01:18 PM
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whats gonna stop deer who arent ready to shed there antlers getting trapped and dieing from exhaustion or being picked off by yotes?? nice theory large margain for error
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:35 PM
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Illegal here in Illinois.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by nwtrykon87 View Post
whats gonna stop deer who arent ready to shed there antlers getting trapped and dieing from exhaustion or being picked off by yotes?? nice theory large margain for error
Even a yearling buck is more than strong enough to rip off the chicken wire and run off with it. As a matter of fact, I believe that he'll spend more time mending or replacing the chicken wire than collecting sheds.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:39 PM
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I would oppose that for ethical reasons.
Only the deer know when the time is right to lose the antlers.
Force a deer to shed too soon they lose the advantage to fight and mate.
Also don't know if such a trap is even legal
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:44 PM
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If chicken wire was enough to cause a deer to lose his antlers, he wouldn't be mating or fighting anyway.
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by GregH View Post
If chicken wire was enough to cause a deer to lose his antlers, he wouldn't be mating or fighting anyway.
The legend speaks, and i agree, if they're about to fall off the chicken wire could "pull" them off, but if they are still strong antlers the chicken wire won't do anything
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Old 12-01-2010, 02:53 PM
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Like I said, it was just more an idea that I thought up. The idea was to use it in like February when they're about to pop. I realize its a far shot but never know it may work

Thanks again for the input I appreciate it.

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Old 12-01-2010, 03:07 PM
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I've never tried it but have heard of guys using a 5 gallon pail, stake it down so it can't be tipped, does and small bucks can eat our of it no problem, bigger bucks as the feed gets lower will push down to get at it, if they're ready to go, antlers pop off, no one gets hurt
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I like to walk around and look for them. To me - thats what makes it fun - finding them.
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