To someone who hasn't ever looked for sheds might say, "Well, they should be where the deer trails are." That's only true to some extent. While searching existing trails is a good place to start, the antlers aren't just laying everywhere. You have to constantly look down at the ground searching for something that's almost impossible to see. I've only been lucky enough to find two sheds in the past, one small side with three points and one really old one with four points.
|Deer bedding area|
I have several areas I'm going to look through on this farm but only had time to get half of one area finished. I walked and ducked my way through briars and vines along a bayou and trekked through some small hardwood trees that we planted over 10 years ago.
|This tree made me think of a scary movie|
I found a ton of sign and a few places I may try to set up on next season. There were so many rubs that I finally quit taking pictures of them! I did jump up four deer but couldn't tell what they were and had a rabbit jump up right beside me that made me jump back because it surprised me.
I had almost made the complete loop of the section I wanted to cover when something white caught my eye that looked out of place. I walked over to investigate and found a dead buck. The first things that went through my head were: Did a coyote get it? Was it poached? Did a car hit this buck and he managed to make it this far? The only thing I do know is that this deer died and didn't get to reach his full potential.
So in the end, I did find some antlers, but not in the way I wanted to. It was a good day to get out and stretch my legs and any day you can do that and enjoy the great outdoors is a good day!
Leave me a comment and let me know if you have any tips or tricks when you go shed hunting.