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Scout for Success

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After traveling more frequently to the West coast this year than ever before, it was nice to finally be back in New York. I had a few days off since I had been working straight since February 4th and decided to spend some time on my hunting grounds in search of sheds and learning how the deer move through the area.
I saw plenty of deer tracks while searching the suburbs of Connecticut but came up empty-handed in the shed department. I actually couldn’t walk anywhere without stepping on deer tracks. The main reason was that the deer was still using the land. In fact, I jumped several groups of deer and counted 28 in total as they ran in every direction through the small woodlot. I also stumbled upon a bachelor group of Toms that I watched several times during the hunting season. The 6 long beards would make a trip under my deer stand almost daily to pick on corn and another mast. I may have to return for turkey season!

 

The closest thing I found to a shed was an arrow I had fired at a deer, but never found and this:

I am unsure if this is a deer I had shot during the season but never recovered or if it was attacked by coyotes. I do know I followed the blood trail of a doe right by this area, but it continued on for another 500 yards into a swamp. It is possible that the deer made a large circle and tried to return to this area, but I guess I will never know.

Is anyone else out there walking through the woods? Any sheds found lately?

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Why Deer Antlers are a Hunter’s Best Friend

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Antlers are the first thing most hunters think of when it comes to deer. For decades, hunters have gone out into the wilderness to hunt deer. The majority of them love the venison they will bring home after a successful hunt. However, as the sport of deer hunting has grown over the years, and deer populations are thriving, more hunters are being driven by an opportunity to bring home a buck they can put in the record books. Man caves across the country are featuring big bucks on their walls as trophies of the sport they love. Serious hunters go as far as managing parcels of land with the specific goal of growing big bucks, with big antlers. It has become an obsession by many in more ways than one.

The obsession doesn’t stop when hunting season is over either. Once the season closes, many hunters keep trail cameras out and wait to see when the bucks on their property have shed their antlers. Shed hunting has become a sport of its own. If a hunter has missed out on a big buck he knew was on his property during deer season, it can be a painful experience. All of the effort and time some use to hunt a specific deer can be heartbreaking at the end of the season if unable to bring him home. So the next best thing is to go out and hopefully find that deers antlers once they’ve dropped. The antlers become a trophy themselves, and most hunters will be ecstatic when they find them. Another reason that hunters look for sheds is to get a good idea of the age and size of deer on their property. This comes back to deer management. By collecting the sheds, they will have an idea of how many bucks are on the property, and which of them will be mature enough the following year to put on the “hit list”.

There are other reason for collecting shed antlers that don’t just attract hunters. Many people like to give them to their dogs to chew on. We all know that dogs love to chew on stuff. Sticks, raw hides, bones. The problem with most of those things is they don’t last very long. Deer antlers on the other hand, last much longer than the conventional chew toys. It may take a dog over a year to diminish a deer antler. Another use for antlers is to sell. The price of deer antlers has been steadily rising and you could say, have become a hot commodity. People buy antlers to make knives and silverware with, to cut up and sell as dog bones, or even to make things like lamps, and chandeliers. I’ve seen sets of antlers go for hundreds of dollars online.

Overall, there are many uses for deer antlers. They are wonderful trophies and are a key part of any deer management plan. Deer antlers are also great chew toys for dogs, and make a number of other decorative household items. It’s no wonder that deer antlers are a hunter’s best friend.

Jeff Stevens is a writer for the hunting and fishing site Hunter’s Guide. He loves to hunt, fish, and experience all things outdoors. Jeff recently wrote an article about Deer antler growth.

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2012 Shed Hunting Contest Winners Announced

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After miles of walking through the woods, this year’s contestants picked up some really nice sheds. You voted and the winners of the 2012 Shed Hunting Contest are:

1st place – deerhunter1127
2nd place – autumn rush
3rd place – mbucks27

Thank you to all who entered this year’s contest and we hope to see you again next year!

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Vote for the Winners of the 2012 Shed Hunting Contest

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The 2012 Shed Hunting Contest has come to a close on the NYBowhunter.com Forum. Vote for the winners on NYBowhunter.com.

Today marks the final day of the 2012 Shed Hunting Contest on the NYBowhunter.com Forum. It was a great season for shed hunters across the state and we’ve had several entries into this year’s contest.

Now it’s up to you to decide who wins! Here are our contestants and some of their finds. You can see all the sheds found on the NYBowhunter.com Forum.

NYB member AutumnRush is no stranger to shedding hunting and finds several good sheds each season. He’s also got a knack for photography. This was one of the largest sheds he found this season under one of the largest rubs I’ve ever seen.

Another shed fanatic on the NYB Forum is Deerhunter1127. He doesn’t just find sheds, he finds A LOT of them! This year he came in with 54 sheds! That’s incredible!

Some shed hunters stick it out to the end and NYB member Mbucks27 picked up shed after shed until the woods greened up after the warm weather hit in April. Check out his finds!

 

NYB member Mbucks27 found several nice sheds including a nice matching pair that he mounted on a reproduction skull.


During the 2012 shed hunting season, Psebrute picked up 6 shed antlers and found a skull of a 6-point buck.

One of the coolest sheds found this season was a large palmated shed found by NYB member Mattysams.

So now it’s up to you to decide who wins! Vote using the poll on the upper right corner of NYBowhunter.com. Voting ends at 9:00 PM EST on Friday, May 11th!

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