Bestul: First Shed of the Season!

Any hardcore shed-head will know by reading this title that I am not a member of their clan. I know some diehard shed guys, and many of them are already well into double-digit finds for the year. I marked my first antler this weekend, and it will probably be among the relative handful from this year's collection.

Still, the horn (and yes I call sheds "horns" even though I know they're actually "antlers") was a special one. For starters, I've been battling some sickness the last few weeks, which has basically kept me out of the woods. We're also having a serious winter in Minnesota, and the weather has forced me indoors even when I've felt perky. So it just felt good to stretch my legs for a short walk on one of the farms I hunt on Saturday. Shed hunting was my excuse to go; mainly I just wanted some cold air in my nostrils on a sunny winter day.

I had my golden pup, Lucky, along. I've been tossing him sheds since he moved into our house five months ago, in hopes that I can add "shed dog" to his resume some day. Lucky got a kick out of retrieving this horn for me, but when I planted it for him to find later, he was clueless. Well, the season is young--for me at least--and we both clearly need more practice. It's not bad for the first shed of the season, and the more I look at it, I think I have this buck on trail cam last fall. While I'm hunting up that pic, I'll see if I can find another way to get Lucky excited about antlers before our next jaunt. Any advice?