Shed Hunting Tips
Finding buried treasure… That must be the closest feeling to finding a shed antler in the woods.
Or perhaps at the least finding a forgotten $20 in your jeans pocket on laundry day! That unexpected and exciting rush if familiar to every shed hunter. While there are surely practical benefits of shed hunting like the role it plays (when combined with trail cameras and other tactics) in conducting a post hunting season census of your deer population and of course stretching the legs after a winter of confinement. But it’s that rush of excitement of finding something left by nature just for you that gets the blood of true shed hunters pumping and is something everyone who loves the outdoors should experience.
Whether you are a hard core shed head or just looking to see which of your bucks made it through the winter-shed hunting can be a useful tool for the hunter. So if you want to try your luck in the woods this spring, here are a few quick things to keep in mind.
Think like a hunter, sort of….
When hunting sheds the focus needs to be on where deer spend the most time. You probably have a good idea of where that is at the spot you hunt and while you most likely steer clear of certain areas (like bedding areas, etc) during hunting season these will be prime spots to check for sheds. So a good plan is to start there and work you way outwards along travel corridors.
Take your time
The biggest mistake shed hunters make is moving too fast. The woods may be clearer due to the winter months but sheds bear a striking resemblance to sticks and twigs and are a natural color that blends in to the forest floor. So taking your time (about the pace of a spot and stalk hunt) can help you pocket more sheds.
Consider a dog
Shed hunting dogs have gained popularity in the last few years. Really any breed will do and many say that older dogs can even be taught the skill. One thing is certain, a dog will cover more ground than you can and provide some company for you in the woods.
And if you just like sheds, don’t forget about overlooked areas. Asking around to neighbors and farmers about the possibility of shed hunting on their land, even if they don’t allow hunting, can prove profitable as they may be less averted to you simply taking a walk. City parks and public land are also great places to shed hunt as they are they are often forgotten.
Check out this video of the Whitetail Edge team and their shed hunting adventures this spring!