Where is the best place to find deer antler sheds?
Creeks, fences, ditches, roads, and thick overhanging branches are all great places to find sheds hanging around. Often that little jolt or bump is all they need to drop.
Why am I not finding any deer sheds?
If you are not finding antlers chances are you are too late or too early. Eager hunters bust deer off the property before they drop their antlers and get discouraged early, keeping them out of the woods later, when the sheds are actually there to be found. Waiting to late is even worse.
When should I look for deer antler sheds?
When is the best time to look for deer sheds? Whitetails begin dropping antlers soon after the first of the year, although the majority drop in February and March across most of the country’s whitetail zone.
How do you get deer to shed antlers?
The Natural Deer Antler Shedding Process Bedding and feeding areas are the two best places to find shed antlers because that’s where whitetails spend most of their days and nights, respectively. They also might lose them along travel corridors between these two areas.
What time of year do you look for sheds?
For most of us, that means the time to shed hunt is early February to March. However, outliers are always present… bucks that either drop very early or late even pushing into early April.
Why don’t you find deer antlers?
If a male deer sheds his antlers every year, why don’t we find more antlers when we go into the woods? Male deer begin to shed their antlers once breeding season is over and they no longer need to contest with each other over mates. Antlers usually drop in winter, sometimes in early spring in warmer climates.
What should I look for in a shed hunt?
Check thermal bedding (evergreens and conifers) and solar bedding cover (south- and east-facing slopes). Also check areas that received minimal hunting pressure during the late season. Other areas to focus on include CRP fields, fingers of cover, around old farm structures and machinery, etc.
Why do you never find deer antlers in the woods?
If your farm or plot of woods is great hunting during the rut but the bucks move elsewhere for early and late season, odds are they do not spend enough time on your ground to increase the likelihood of them shedding there. Hence, you will not find any shed antlers.
How long do deer sheds last in the woods?
But, how did it get there? Every year, whitetail deer, mule deer, elk and various other hoofed mammals shed their antlers. The dropping of the antlers may take place within 24 to 48 hours, but the entire shedding process may take as long as two to three weeks before the antlers actually fall off.
Where are deer bedding areas?
The most obvious sign to look for is the presence of oval depressions in the grass, brush, or dirt indicating where a deer laid down. Take note of how many beds you see clustered together in one area. If you see four or more beds in a circle, it’s likely a doe bedding area.
How do I find more shed antlers?
7 Quick Tips For Finding Deer Sheds
- Find the Food. Food is the name of the game in finding deer sheds.
- Find the Sun. Southern facing exposures are always a good place to check especially if there’s a quality food source nearby.
- Intensify Your Search.
- Stop Wasting Time.
- Cover ALOT of Ground.
Is shed hunting hard?
You can’t just go for one or two hikes a year and hope to be a master shed hunter. It’s a lot like hunting the deer itself, you have to put in the time and effort. That means countless hours and miles of hiking. It means wearing out your boots and being incredibly patient.