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Shed Hunting

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Has anybody been out doing any shed hunting yet? I saw a buck about three weeks ago and it still was sporting luggage but I am wondering if the last three weeks of cold could have stressed the animals enough to drop them. Any feedback would be great. Pictures of your finds would even be better. Thanks in advance.

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Its been a pretty easy Winter for them, more than likely they will hang on to their head gear longer than usual. I remember in 1996 (I think) I actually found a fresh shed in mid December. That was a tough Winter!

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For more info. there is another post going on the same topic under the deer hunting forum.

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I actually found a shed the last day of muzzleloader season this year,I shot an 8pt with one side of it's headgear missing, the next day i found the shed not more than a hundred yds from where i shot the deer talk about gettin lucky

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Somebody mentioned earlier that older bucks still have there gear while the younger bucks are loosing them now? Is there a correlation with antler size that might dictate when they might drop? Like thicker the antler base the longer is takes to seperate from the skull? New to this shed stuff and very interested. Any expert shed hunters have a theory?

mr

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I have never noticed this, as a matter of fact, I have seen very small bucks and deer over 140 in the same day this time of year that still hold their gear. Then again, I have found sheds very early of all sizes. I think the biggest factor is the weather and access to protein! Any stress at all seems to lead to earlier shedding compared to easy Winter's such as we are having right now.

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I have found some of my biggest sheds early in Jan and Feb, but have aso found some good ones lat ein the year. I think it depends more on weather (cold and snow) and avaialble food. I have found a lot of sheds off the same buck from year to year and most are within a couple hundred yards of previous finds and withn days of previous years finds.

Just get out and cover ground that is how you find sheds! wink.gif

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