Every year during winter and early spring, groups of adventure seekers take to the woods in search of moose and deer antlers, also known as sheds. In late winter, after the rut is over bucks shed their antlers. Not to worry though, the animals begin to grow new antlers almost immediately.
In recent years, shed hunting has become very popular with wildlife and wilderness enthusiasts, including non-hunters who often use them for decorating. Although you may have to put in some serious time to find a shed, if you look in the right area at the right time, you may just be in luck!
- Bedding areas, travel routes and feeding spots are the most common areas. Pros suggest looking near ditch crossings and water sources.
- Look where they jump, sleep and eat.
- Believe it or not, rain may increase your chances, as antlers stand out from the grass and leaves with a bit of a shine.
- Keep in mind that deer shift their location from season to season to take advantage of changing food availability. Look for deer tracks to ensure there are some in the area where you are searching.
- Change your perspective by looking with binoculars. Walk slowly and give your eyes time to process what you’re seeing – they really blend in. Focus on the ground.
- If you find one, look around for more! Bucks often bed up together in the winter months while the does bed up in a different location.
Make sure to show us your finds and share on social media and use #tomhegan and #mooseheadlikealocal!