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Old 01-03-2020, 09:13 AM
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Anyone finding sheds in southeast South Dakota yet?
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Old 01-03-2020, 09:45 AM
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Bucks are still holding in North East Ohio.
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Old 01-03-2020, 10:37 AM
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I've heard that dominant bucks don't shed their antlers till early April.
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Old 01-06-2020, 01:23 PM
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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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Old 10-12-2020, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Central PA Sportsman View Post
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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