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8 Tips for Finding Shed Antlers

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Finding a shed antler is like a discovering a message in a bottle. Whether large or small, the castaway bone mass says that I outsmarted a host of hunters and I’ll be around another year. Of course a car strike or severe winter could end a deer’s life, but whitetail deer are amazing survival artists. One savvy deer hunter in suburban Maryland uses shed hunting to meet property owners as a way of introducing himself. Some suburbanites don’t understand shed antler; it’s a great way to get to know the homeowner and perhaps get permission to hunt. Bernie Berringer does a great job of covering the basics of shed antler hunting and includes a brief video on how to make a shed antler trap in this OutdoorHub post:

TX Deer 06 274These eight tips will help you find more shed antlers this year. And this video on building a shed antler trap is guaranteed to be a real eye-opener!  I found my first whitetail shed antler purely by accident. I was setting fox traps along a brushy fencerow and there was a shed antler which had been lying there for the better part of a year. I picked it up and brought it home. Despite the fact that it was somewhat chewed up, it was clear this antler came from a big 10-point buck. I became fascinated by the amazing phenomenon of antlers.

Antlers are the fastest form of animal growth known to man; they can grow more than an inch a day. Every antler is different; like snowflakes, they all have unique characteristics.  My fascination with antlers led me to become fascinated with the bucks that grew them. Over time I evolved from a bowhunter who wanted to just put some meat in the freezer to someone who appreciated the challenge of shooting a mature buck. Yet I found that the antlers themselves held a curious intrigue in and of themselves. Allow me to offer some tips from a lifetime of experience that will help you find and appreciate the amazing antler.