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Question by PJ. Uploaded on January 24, 2012
In most areas February is prime shed hunting season, though some bucks shed as early as december. Search feeding areas, trails, bedding areas, fencerows, fields, tunnels through brush, briars or laurels and anywhere else a deer might cross. If you find a shed, the other is often in the area too. Anywhere you find one should be considered for a stand location in my opinion. Good luck
Steve, basically said it all. I found one a couple of weeks ago,from last year, in oak timber. The buck appeared to have "nudged" the tree, where I found the shed.
A nice 10-point buck,(5-points)but I only found half of it and the rodents were making their way through it. When I purposefully go shed huntin' and locate one,before I pick it up, I take a picture of how "I found it"!
A farmer out in Kansas told me it is illegal to pick up sheds in that state. Anyone know if there is any truth to that?
Pretty sure he is mistaken, unless you're looking in a "area" where its been banned. However as a whole I'm pretty sure you're allowed to pick up shed antlers in Kansas. (never have been antler hunting there)
When I was in central Missouri I was picking up antlers in Mid February-ish. I went out in Jan and saw multiple bucks still carrying so I backed out and waited a little. I think it was before Valentines day when I went out again, and cleaned house. Those bucks where all staying in a nasty thicket that had ample food, water and cover. and then going out to eat in the corn stubble. But I would wait another week if I were you. You don't want to pressure the deer and move them out of the area if you know where they are hanging right now. Its kinda a finicky thing hitting the timing just right. Basically you want the majority of the nicer bucks to have shed out before you make your first trip into their core. Otherwise you'll be looking all over hell and back for their antlers.
I have found that your greatest asset in locating shed antlers is dumb luck. Just showing up is half the battle. Keep your eyes on the ground and expect to see only part of an antler showing, either the curve of the main beam or a number of tines pointing up. Good luck.
Here's an old post, but helpful i hope,
Thanks for the tips i hope they prove to be helpful. Just after reading some answers i think i have a few ideas of where i will be looking next time i go out which will be here in a few more weeks. when i find them i will have some pictures posted.
you can find them near deer beds and at their food sources.
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