Tips for Successful Shed Hunting

Hey guys, with the request of several great guys,I’m writing this story about Shed Hunting. My name is Dennis deer shed in the woods Military Hunting and FishingRegan and I am from Buffalo NY. I must start by saying that I am no writer, nor do I think I am a shed hunting expert. That being said I do take pride in it and enjoy it very much. I have been shed hard for the past 18 years. I have collected many match sets and hundreds of sheds. I am self taught and I have kept notes and a journal for every year I shed hunt. I do suggest that you keep a journal for your records.


1. Training your eye    (SHED EYE)

2. Scouting

3. Looking near feeding areas

4. Looking near bedding areas

Most of us know to look in fields for sheds. Here is how I attack the fields. I will cover the entire field edge and then I will walk X crosses back and forth every 20 to 30 yards throughout the entire field. Making these shorter crosses will make the chance of missing a shed antler less likely. Any field that leaves standing corn in it for the winter is a great place to look for sheds. Ok here is my favorite tip that I can give you. It is a technique I call (SHED EYE).

     The objective is to make your eye trained to spot antlers more often. The best way you can do this is to always take a shed antler with you while shed hunting. Once in the woods or a field,throw the antler as far as you can. Proceed with your hunt as if the antler is not there. Upon coming up to the antler, pick it up and keep repeating the procedure. Some throws can be short. A lot of times I will throw the shed into higher grass or just inside the wood edge. I do this to try and bury the antler so I get used to just spotting a tip or part of the antler.

     I suggest to practice this technique often and it should improve your ability to find more sheds. I practice this all the time,sometimes I even take a shed with me on them short walks with my daughter out in the woods just back of the house. I often refer to finding a shed is like finding a needle in a haystack. I practice just as much for shed hunting as I do shooting my bow. Lets face it guys,we are the common every day guy and are not TV hunters looking for sheds in a fenced in deer farms. Shed hunting is difficult and requires a lot of time.

shed huntingShed Eyes are trained, another tip is scouting.

    Scout areas you want to look for sheds. I spend just as much time scouting for shed areas as I do for my hunting areas. After hunting season ends, my scouting for sheds begins. Here in WNY, we have a lot of non-hunting areas. These are great spots to look for sheds. I will watch my areas several times a week to see what bucks are where, I cannot stress how important scouting is. Feeding areas are great areas to look. As a buck eats they will often shake their heads, hence if his antlers are getting soft enough, there is a good chance they will pop off.

     This year was odd because of the warm winter. Deer did not have to move as far for winter food. Most of the antlers I found this year were inside the woods as opposed to the fields. Most of the winters are pretty rough here in buffalo, so sheds are usually found in the fields. Bedding areas are also great areas to look. I have found a lot of sheds in beds. It can be one of the best spots you can look. I do recommend to use extreme caution when heading into bedding areas. I proceed into bedding areas on tip toes. I will not take more then three steps without glassing to see if any deer spooked. If I have jumped a deer I will back off right away. You do not want to blow the deer out for good.

     Well that my first writing and I hope something from my knowledge will help you become a better shed hunter. To reach me or share your pics, I can be found on twitter @dreganbigbuck. Feel free to contact me there. Happy shed hunting everyone.

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