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Shed hunting is both time consuming and difficult here in New York and in the Northeast in general. Hardwood forests and thick underbrush make finding antlers difficult at best, but for those willing to walk the distance and search high and low the rewards can be great.

I had to take a weekend off of walking through the woods due to some minor wrist surgery, but I’ve put in some long walks this season in “prime” shedding areas with nothing more than a few pictures of some nice rubs to show for it. It’s hard to stay motivated when you’re not finding antlers, but there’s a lot more to shed hunting than finding an antler.
As soon as deer season comes to a close it’s the “off-season” or “post-season” so many hunters relax and take care of a few chores around the house or pick up other hobbies. However, for those who enjoy consistent success in the field there is no such thing as post season – we only know pre-season.
My pre-season scouting begins in January with some shed hunting, following deer tracks in the snow through bedding areas and looking for sign up until about the end of April. It’s from this January to April period that I find what will be some of my most productive stands come October.
So when you’re out shed hunting keep an eye out for sheds, but also try to unravel rub lines, look for entry and exit routes into bedding areas, take note of the winds in bedding and feeding areas and be observant of your surroundings. It might not seem like such a big deal right now, but once October comes you will start connecting the dots and the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place.
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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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