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Other Activities => Shed Hunting => Topic started by: WSU on February 08, 2017, 12:44:27 PM

Title: Blacktail sheds
Post by: WSU on February 08, 2017, 12:44:27 PM
Where do people find blacktail sheds?  Clearcuts?  Reprod?  Randomly?
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Mtnwalker on February 08, 2017, 12:56:09 PM
In my neck of the woods it was usually in older growth bedding areas adjacent to feed.
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Blacktail Sniper on February 08, 2017, 12:58:50 PM
Where do people find blacktail sheds?  Clearcuts?  Reprod?  Randomly?

I have found them in all those places and even right in the middle of logging roads...
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Mtnwalker on February 08, 2017, 01:02:58 PM
Found a handful on gravel bars also
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: MADMAX on February 08, 2017, 01:15:45 PM
swamps
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Blacktail Sniper on February 08, 2017, 01:42:08 PM
So in other words it is safe to say, anywhere that a blacktail walks..has walked, or will walk!!

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Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: cougforester on February 08, 2017, 01:49:52 PM
Found most of mine in old commercially thinned units. But that's also where I spend a lot of my time during work sooo.... :dunno:
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: grundy53 on February 08, 2017, 01:58:02 PM
The biggest blacktail shed I've found was in a spot I wouldn't ever go on purpose... :chuckle: but that's the kind of place big blacktail bucks hang.

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Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on February 08, 2017, 02:13:28 PM
My son found one in our pasture once, nice little three point. Thought it was a stick he wanted to throw at the cows.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Buckewe on February 08, 2017, 02:43:22 PM
Usually on the ground. :dunno:
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Born2late on February 08, 2017, 07:13:42 PM
Normally i find all mine in big timber.You need to go slow and learn to look down and know more than 25 yards out. Some of my biggest sheds i've walked past more than once because i was going to fast in a area that i knew held sheds.
Although i found a nice matched set checking traps with my son last week that were on the road that was just cleared in a thick tangled jungle.
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: fish vacuum on February 08, 2017, 09:06:31 PM
The only times I've found them without pure luck have been in areas that had persistent snow. Any patches that stay free of snow are likely spots to find sheds.
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: h2ofowlr on February 08, 2017, 10:21:31 PM
I found a dandy BT shed this weekend just out of pure luck as it was laying on the trail in front of me.  Best advise I can offer is look down once in a while.   :chuckle:
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: lewy on February 10, 2017, 07:49:30 PM
Theres to much ground to aimlessly roam so you need to break it down and hit the high % spots, for me it's the bedding areas and the edges of habitat change.
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: buggy on February 12, 2017, 02:31:01 PM
They can be anywhere. My brother and I found ten yesterday.
Reprod- 2
Big Timber- 4
Clear cut- 4
This was all in about a 1/4 square mile. This is an area we hunt regularly so we do know where the deer are at different times of year. Best advice I can give is find fresh sign and look there.
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Watimberghost on February 13, 2017, 06:10:58 PM
They can be anywhere. My brother and I found ten yesterday.
Reprod- 2
Big Timber- 4
Clear cut- 4
This was all in about a 1/4 square mile. This is an area we hunt regularly so we do know where the deer are at different times of year. Best advice I can give is find fresh sign and look there.


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Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Eric M on March 09, 2017, 02:39:52 PM
Finding where they aren't can be equally educational. Are you seeing a lot of deer sign where you are looking? For a long time I was finding a shed or 2 every year and they were small ones- forks and even spikes. A shed is a shed, but that wasn't where the bigger bucks were. These were smaller animals still hanging out with the does. Once you find a nice shed, look around at the habitat you are standing in. Once I find an area the animals are frequenting, I've had good luck getting off the main trails-but the biggest one I found this year was on the hike in on a main trail. The other considerations are other people finding them first, coyotes picking them up, and the fact that they can be hard to see. I'm far from being an expert but walk slowly. Twice this year I nearly stepped on a shed that if I hadn't been creeping, I would have missed. Several times I think to myself I've found a shed in a spot just like this before, looked down and saw one. Also, I've started to trust my sub conscious mind. If something tells you to look on the trail to the right, do it. I've had good luck with this. My theory is I might be seeing something my brain isn't quite registering. Or it could just look right. I've found a fair amount just getting out of the truck and on the way back to the truck. I think after awhile you can lose focus and during these times I'm concentrating more. Anyway, I didn't plan to write a book. The more you get out the more you'll find. Also wearing a lucky hat helps.
Title: Re: Blacktail sheds
Post by: Eric M on March 09, 2017, 02:53:49 PM
Hard to see examples