Father and son looking for shed antlers in a field with a large antler in the foreground

6 Reasons Why You Should Be Shed Hunting

You enjoy being in the Great Outdoors 

It always seems like hunting season goes by too quickly. And before you know it, winter has set in and you haven’t seen the sun in months. That’s why you need to shed hunt. Not only will it give you a head start for next year’s hunt, but it’s a great way to introduce family and friends to the joys of nature and wildlife.

 

You won’t be huffing and puffing during hunting season

If you tell yourself “man, I need to lose 20 pounds” after every hunting season, give shed hunting a try. Slimming down won’t necessarily help you bag a bigger buck, but it will make the trek to your tree stand or ground blind easier. And you won’t feel like you’re having a heart attack after you climb on up.

 

Learning how deer move on your property

Hunting is a mixture of three things: skill, lots of luck, and being at the right place at the right time. That’s why shed hunting is so important. By keeping track of large trails, scrapes and rubs, you’ll know where to place your tree stand or ground blind come hunting season. Also be on the lookout for bedding areas and droppings.

 

Knowing which bucks survived the winter

Give yourself a head start on next year’s management program by looking for sheds. When you know a large buck is roaming your woods, you can target them specifically AND it makes it easier to pass up on younger, smaller bucks.

 

Shed antlers let you know what to plant

Pay special attention to the plants and trees in the area where you find sheds. Chances are you’ll find those same bucks roaming the same areas during hunting season. It’s also great for finding other places to hunt since you know which food sources deer in your area prefer.

 

Last, but certainly not least…you love big whitetails.

There’s nothing more beautiful and mesmerizing than a nice set of whitetail antlers. And when you see that first point peaking up from under the snow, you’ll be hooked. And you’ll definitely be bragging to your hunting buddies later that night.

 

Had any luck shed hunting this year? Show us your Sheds in the comments!

 

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4 Responses to “6 Reasons Why You Should Be Shed Hunting”

  1. Tim Kiefer

    Went shed hunting today Feb 14th didn’t find anything. Lots of sign but no sheds I pulled my SD card today from my trail camera and found a 6 pointer on it yesterday.I guess I should of looked at the pics first. O well I still had fun.

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    • Matt Dybedahl

      Matt Dybedahl

      Tim,

      Keep looking! I’ve been out a few times with my dog and haven’t found anything yet. But you’re right…it’s fun just to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Especially after being cooped up in the house all winter. Good luck finding that nice 6 pointer!

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  2. Stephen Margetjak

    I was setting out trail cam in different location in January 2017 for turkey and stopped to rest going up a ridge, looked down and there was a shed…..too early for this year, but if was from last year it was in great shape.1st one I ever found.

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