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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Shed Hunting

Now is the perfect time to get out of the house and get some fresh air. If some of you die hard bow hunters are like me you are already thinking of the next season. Shed hunting helps to pass the time. You get some exercise, some insight to bedding areas, food sources, trails, and if your lucky you can find a few shed antlers. You can also include the whole family in this activity!

This time of year when there is snow on the ground is a perfect time to explore your hunting area. All the trails are marked for you! By this I mean unless the deer have been chased around by predators they will stick to there trails so they don't burn extra energy. When you head out take a map of your area, take along a couple pencils and your GPS, and make a map of where you are finding trails. Take some notes, the woods looks a lot different this time of year, plus you may forget what you wanted to remember. You will also be able to see where the deer feed in the winter months. These areas will have more wandering tracks while they are browsing. Any time you can get into the woods will help future hunts, you may just stumble across a rub line you didn't know existed. They will still appear fresh as the rub hasn't had a chance to dull. Mark all of it on your map. It will give you a better idea of deer movement in your area, and help in the seasons to come.

As a bonus to all this walking you may come across a few sheds. Any shed you find is a trophy in my mind. These usually will be found around bedding areas and also around food sources. I have heard reports that some people are starting to find sheds and others are still seeing deer with their headgear still attached. If you live in a area where shed hunting is popular, you will want to start getting out to look every chance you get. Even if you are covering the same ground, you never know when they will drop them. If you have your own land or a area where it isn't as popular to hunt for sheds, you could wait a bit before you get out!

Good Luck and have fun searching!


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