Tight Spot Quivers
Shed hunting tips
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
mat1739 18-Mar-19
SD BuckBuster 18-Mar-19
BigOzzie 18-Mar-19
Boone 18-Mar-19
South Farm 18-Mar-19
Kodiak 18-Mar-19
Brotsky 18-Mar-19
t-roy 18-Mar-19
Franklin 18-Mar-19
Brotsky 18-Mar-19
Bowfisher 18-Mar-19
Shug 18-Mar-19
MQQSE 18-Mar-19
Shaft 18-Mar-19
MQQSE 18-Mar-19
Boone 19-Mar-19
Boone 19-Mar-19
brettpsu 19-Mar-19
Catscratch 19-Mar-19
Single bevel 19-Mar-19
EmbryOklahoma 19-Mar-19
Will 19-Mar-19
JohnMC 19-Mar-19
Boreal 19-Mar-19
Catscratch 19-Mar-19
elkmo 19-Mar-19
From: mat1739
18-Mar-19
Just seeing if any one has any good tips or advice to share, in regards to shed hunting.

I personally like to search creek crossings, field edges or around thick vegetation

18-Mar-19
Que the "fence jump" and "south facing slopes" response in 3.....2.....1.....

I spend all of my time in the following order: Food sources Bedding area Trails in between those 2 spots

Another tip is that antlers cannot be found where the deer didn't spend their time during the months of Jan, Feb, March. I see so often when guys shed hunt the areas they hunt during the fall and there hasnt been a deer on that ground since Mid December.

From: BigOzzie
18-Mar-19
scout

Know where the deer are wintering, this seems obvious but it changes with snow levels. Therefore where you found antlers last year you may not find any this year. You have to know where the deer wintered.

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From: Boone
18-Mar-19
What BigOzzie said.

From: South Farm
18-Mar-19
Wherever they jump fences and for sure SOUTH FACING SLOPES. Any place else and you're simply wasting your time.

From: Kodiak
18-Mar-19
Find the beds, find the sheds.

From: Brotsky
18-Mar-19
Get yourself a shed dog. I just wander around eating oatmeal crème pies and he brings me as many as I can handle! :-)

From: t-roy
18-Mar-19
Are you telling me there are keto friendly oatmeal creme pies, Brotsky??!!!

From: Franklin
18-Mar-19
Any where near clothes line poles and soccer nets.

From: Brotsky
18-Mar-19
There's about as many keto friendly crème pies as my dog finds sheds t-roy! He just thinks he's pheasant hunting all the time! Ha!

From: Bowfisher
18-Mar-19
You HAVE to find where there is a fence crossing, in the cedars and thermal cover, on a south facing slope, between 2 primary food sources, in southern Iowa. Anywhere else and you are just wasting your time!

In reality what I’ve found above ALL else is if your primary goal is to find as many antlers as possible, shed hunt where there are the most bucks! Where I live in WV, shed hunting leaves much to be desired. I have shed hunted singular days in other states and had phenomenal days. Sometime you have to travel. Something I think people focus on more so for hunting deer, and not enough when wanting to hunt antlers!

From: Shug
18-Mar-19
Look in the same place from different angles at different times .... sometimes I’ll walk a piece of woods that I was in a week earlier with different lighting from a different grid approach and ask myself how did I miss that antler. It was from a year earlier so it wasn’t like it’s recently dropped between visits.

From: MQQSE
18-Mar-19

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I have farms in northern Missouri and southern Iowa. I find 90 percent of my sheds in grassy areas with cedars and small trees. We have found close to 60 so far and have yet to find one at a fence crossing this season. All five I found today were in grassy areas near ag fields.

From: Shaft
18-Mar-19
Don't be in a hurry. Walk slow, and don't forget to look behind you.

From: MQQSE
18-Mar-19
Shaft +1

From: Boone
19-Mar-19
MQQSE, right on brother!

From: Boone
19-Mar-19

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Walk miles. It took me 24 days and about 30 miles of boot leather to match up this set!

From: brettpsu
19-Mar-19
I find it much easier to spot antlers after it rains. It darkens the vegetation and makes the antlers stand out more. Sunny dry days the ground turns close to antler coloration.

From: Catscratch
19-Mar-19
Take a shed with you and toss it in front of where you are walking. Don't watch it land and then walk looking for it. This does two things: trains your eye to what you are looking for, and slows you down some. I've found quite a few sheds while looking for the one I threw that took a bad hop and was difficult to find.

Also, I prefer cloudy days with some moisture. I have a real hard time finding antlers in the woods if there is a lot of shadows and sunspots, and wet tines just stand out to me.

From: Single bevel
19-Mar-19
Hey cat...that is MY tip! LOL. It really does help to train your eye if you toss sheds. Pretty amazing how a big antler can almost disappear when its off the head. Throwing one in the weeds has really helped me learn to spot them.

19-Mar-19
Brett.... I agree! Overcast days after a rain, perfect!

From: Will
19-Mar-19
Ill Ditto the overcast after a rain thing. It's awesome. Also the "look where they winter, not where they are in June or August, or October.

And south facing slopes with thermal cover in Iowa. That's definitely a good spot too! ha ha ha!

Dont get discouraged. I've had shed seasons where I find zero... then 4-5 in a single day and think I've found the secret sauce, only to not find another until next year. If you live in a lower deer density state, finding sheds is NOT easy. Think about it this way, everyone likes to think the hardest deer to find is a big buck... But his sheds are the easiest sheds to find given they are big. See where this is going. It's literally a needle in a forest you are looking for. Enjoy the walk, and hopefully, you find one now and then.

From: JohnMC
19-Mar-19

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From: Boreal
19-Mar-19
I'm terrible at finding sheds. I took catscratchs' suggestion and lost the only shed I ever found!

From: Catscratch
19-Mar-19
Lol!

From: elkmo
19-Mar-19
Not big on the fence crossings, only 1 in many miles and years I can say for sure was due to the fence jumping theory.

Lots and lots of droppings concentrated in a 5-10 acre area tell me where the groups are holed up, most years it the same places.

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