Last week, I was fortunate to take a break from working on the house and go for a quick shed hunt. In that short 30 minute walk I came up with my first “ice breaker” shed for 2013. It was just a small 4 point shed from a 1 1/2 old buck but still a good, fresh find. Being I don’t find many sheds each year, I cherish every antler.
Today, I spent 3 hours looking for sheds in the pouring rain. I came home wet, exhausted and nothing (shed wise) to show for my efforts. It seems that every time I go shed hunting, I start out with a great plan and feel so confident I will find 2-3 sheds by day end but usually an hour into the hunt, I start thinking the proverbial needle in hay stack. But that’s the way shed hunting goes to for me. I guess I’ll try again another day.
Since I don’t have any big fresh sheds to share with you, I’ll share the story of my last big set. It was mid-March in 2010 and I had spent the whole day shed hunting with, again, nothing to show. I remember ,very vividly, I was worn out! I decided I was going to end my day on a south facing ridge top. A ridge top bedding area that has been good to me in previous years. I made a circle around the edge of the ridge and thought “one more pass across the top and I’ll call it a day”. That’s when I saw them. 20 yards away, tines up and in a big old pile lay Shorty’s’ match set. I yelled “Whats up now!” I have no idea why I yelled that but that sudden rush of adrenalin is what keeps me going.
On today’s outing, I did lean a little a little about deer travel routes and found some big rubs. Big sign, new trails and possible new stand locations are all things (beside sheds) I’m on the look for when shed hunting. Each trip into the timber is a scouting mission and as long as I’m enjoying my time outdoors, I wont complain. I’ll leave you with a few pictures of today’s outing.
Good Luck Shed Hunting,