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Question by mdhager115. Uploaded on January 27, 2009
Bucks shed their antlers when their hormone levels reach a certain level. Some bucks will drop their antlers as early as December but most will drop in the months of Jan. to Feb. I have seen antlered buck as late as April and some say a few deer will keep the same antlers until next year.
Look for antlers on a day when the ground is wet. They seem to be easier to see.
Bill Heavey has a great article on shed hunting in this months F&S.
Most shed during February and early March around here. I don't think Maryland would be much different. Like buckhunter mentioned, it happens when their hormones reach a certain level.
According to the Maryland DNR website, deer begin to lose their antlers in mid January...however, that was an average point in time. I see no reason why some deer would not lose their antlers from December all the way to March or April.
what I would like to know is where to go to try & collect them...since I am new to Maryland, I don't have a clue as to where to search.
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