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turkeyhunter2314 01-03-2020 09:13 AM

Shed hunting
 
Anyone finding sheds in southeast South Dakota yet?

Bocajnala 01-03-2020 09:45 AM

Bucks are still holding in North East Ohio.

Erno86 01-03-2020 10:37 AM

I've heard that dominant bucks don't shed their antlers till early April.

Central PA Sportsman 01-06-2020 01:23 PM

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!

Ericict 10-12-2020 06:05 AM


Originally Posted by Central PA Sportsman (Post 4368132)
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!

thanks! I hadnít heard this before. Every year, I hunt for sheds and have yet to find any. Iíll do it again this year because itís time in the field and not the office.


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