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When they drop?
« on: April 19, 2009, 08:07:31 PM »
Hey guys I'm not new to hunting in general but sheds is another story this is my first year for that. I've found one side of a white tail last weekend that was just enough to get me to drive back this weekend but to no avail not for lack of trying. :dunno: maybe some of you guys could give some hints on when deer drop so I can plan to back up next year and try to locate where they are about that time! Thanks for the help 
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Re: When they drop?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 08:37:25 PM »
The earliest I've ever found whitetail sheds was Jan 8th. It was a 4x5 match set with fresh blood on them. Problem is that most years there is too much snow when they are dropping. If you plan a trip around the 1st of March you should be ok. Watch the weather and don't go right after a snow storm. They will all be covered up.
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Re: When they drop?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2009, 06:00:48 AM »
Moose start first of Dec, then whitetails start towards the end of December, and shortly thereafter Muledeer.  Elk start first of March.  Then there is a bell curve when they all fall off for each species along with a few stragglers.  Please try not to pressure them too early.
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Re: When they drop?
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009, 10:02:26 PM »
Case in point for Roosevelt elk.  I spent 10 hours on the coast on 4/9 and of the 15-20 bulls I saw that day (mostly *censored*s) most had both antlers.  A couple had one antler, and there was an older herd of about 6 bulls that were already crowing out with brow tines and heavy main beam buds.  I found one antler that day and it was a 4pt (bloody). In that same area in years past, they've all been dropped by 4/1.  It does fluctuate depending on the photo period, nutrition, and other factors.  You can figure that by the end of April all elk will have dumped their headgear.  I found four elk spikes on opening day of turkey hunting one year.  They usually are last to drop so that is another data point to consider.
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Re: When they drop?
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009, 10:32:36 PM »
 This is my opinion, when post rut hits it triggers hormones that releases blood flow to the antlers,  then pressure from  harsh winters have an affect on when deer will shed. If feed is good deer will generally shed sooner. If proteins in their diet are depleted deer will hold their antlers longer.  One deer in the same area may hold antlers much longer than one its same size does. I have seen it happen over and over, then you find a group of bucks that shed close together as well. New antler growth releases old sheds.If a buck is healthy he will shed early! That's my opinion! take it or leave it!

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Re: When they drop?
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2009, 10:49:54 PM »
 I meant in that last statement, when blood flow stops it begins process as well as new antler growth. Big T

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Re: When they drop?
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009, 10:55:32 PM »
Moose start first of Dec, then whitetails start towards the end of December, and shortly thereafter Muledeer.  Elk start first of March.  Then there is a bell curve when they all fall off for each species along with a few stragglers.  Please try not to pressure them too early.
 I agree with this as well. The dates are very accurate! pressuring the animals too early stresses them out too much and will eventually lead to closing this sport down. Scout from a distance, and when the animals have moved out then check it out! Try to stay away from the animals as much as possible from Dec to March.

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Re: When they drop?
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2009, 03:14:13 AM »
depending on how hard the winter was and the feed they have will reflect on the drop date.Any time after the first of the year you should be ok to start looking
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