BuckTracker: Bittersweet Finds

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Shed hunting is enjoying a huge jolt of popularity lately for two primary reasons. First, finding antlers is just plain fun, with the added lure that shed hunting is primo when a lot of other pursuits are, well, not so primo. And second, finding a shed verifies that a certain buck has made it through the toughest part of the year and will--barring accident--be around to hunt next fall.

Of course, sometimes the horns we find have not been shed at all, and are attached to the skull of a very dead whitetail. Usually, it's impossible to determine the cause of a "found" buck's death…and whether it was a wounding loss from hunting season or just met some other natural fate, I guess it doesn't much matter.

I always feel a little torn when I find a dead one. Sure, it's a bummer that he's out of the picture, and it's a shame a lucky hunter didn't get to enjoy him. Still, finding him is always better than the alternative, and a bittersweet trophy is far superior to no trophy at all. Above is a "found buck" photo from the Midwest taken in the last month. To see some more photos, check out the "Racks From The Dead" gallery.

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