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I suck at shed hunting
« on: March 19, 2018, 04:06:35 PM »
Been out 4 times now (two westside trips and two Eastside trips) and I canít seem to muster up a single shed!! Iím taking a knife making course in July and want to use a shed antler for my knife handle, but I want it to be one that I have found in WA. Gonna go give it hell next Sunday again and going to take my brother with me (if he doesnít flake out as usual). I figure Iíve got until mid July to find at least one descent size deer shed or an elk shed come next month..
    If anyone has any good advice or areas to check out Iím all ears.
  I thought for sure this last weekend would be a good area as we (me and the dog) saw probably 20 deer while out hiking around. Was concentrating on South facing slopes, but basically looked everywhere to no evail! Owell, itís nice getting out there at least! Any pro tips out there??

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2018, 04:16:32 PM »
I hope to do some shed hunting this year.  One of the challenges is finding places that have had no hikers or shed hunters who have already gone through.  If it's easy to get to, someone has likely already been there.  (or so I would think  :dunno: )

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2018, 04:18:39 PM »
I don't think I could find a shed on purpose if my life depended on it.
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2018, 04:20:33 PM »
Iíve picked up a fair amount of sheds and I donít get real excited about it until about this week of the year. I know everyoneís been at it for probably months now but Iíd say 90% of the sheds Iíve picked up have been with in about a week of April and after

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2018, 04:30:19 PM »
Hereís a tip for the east side:  buckbrush and south facing slopes that are somewhat open.

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2018, 04:41:14 PM »
Maybe you don't suck at she'd hunting. 

Maybe deer and elk just suck at dropping antlers where you're she'd hunting. 

Point being:   you can walk all day in the wrong areas and still not find sheds. 

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2018, 04:42:16 PM »
I don't think I could find a shed on purpose if my life depended on it.

 :yeah: I've only found 1. And that was by accident. Stopped to look thru the binos and there it was at my feet. :dunno:
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2018, 04:48:00 PM »
Saw a buck near Chelan today that is still packing his horns

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2018, 05:00:04 PM »
Been out 4 times now (two westside trips and two Eastside trips) and I canít seem to muster up a single shed!! Iím taking a knife making course in July and want to use a shed antler for my knife handle, but I want it to be one that I have found in WA. Gonna go give it hell next Sunday again and going to take my brother with me (if he doesnít flake out as usual). I figure Iíve got until mid July to find at least one descent size deer shed or an elk shed come next month..
    If anyone has any good advice or areas to check out Iím all ears.
  I thought for sure this last weekend would be a good area as we (me and the dog) saw probably 20 deer while out hiking around. Was concentrating on South facing slopes, but basically looked everywhere to no evail! Owell, itís nice getting out there at least! Any pro tips out there??
Blacktail sheds I suck at finding them, Elk sheds, I do ok on. I shed hunt on the West side, I seem to find a lot of them in swampy areas, or close to a swamp. I look for fresh rubs, I've found a few at the base of a fresh rub. and if it's Late March/early April, I go real slow in an area with fresh sign. If it's March/April and you can smell Elk, beat the brush in that area. Good luck
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2018, 05:13:36 PM »
The most antlers I've found, for all deer species, are on roads or the downhill cut slope of roads. My theory is that the shock of jumping down onto the grade from a game trail pops them off. I've also found a bunch of blacktail sheds near logs, rocks, or other obstructions in game trails.  Same theory with why this is, the buck has to jump over that object and the antler (s) pop off when they land.

I've got a nice pile that I could find a few you could choose from if your efforts come up empty though.

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2018, 05:18:49 PM »
Awesome! Thanks for all the replies! Keep em coming. And thanks for the offer CougF! Iíll keep you posted as to how it goes. Just thought it would Ben cool to be like, ďyeah, I found this antler out in the woodsĒ while Iím carving a giant backstrap steak with my new hand forged knife! Ha... dreamin ... lol...

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2018, 05:40:46 PM »
5 of the 9 deer sheds I found last week in wa were 100' or less off of the road. Pay attention to the sides of roads instead of the road when driving.
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2018, 05:46:47 PM »
Been out 4 times now (two westside trips and two Eastside trips) and I canít seem to muster up a single shed!! Iím taking a knife making course in July and want to use a shed antler for my knife handle, but I want it to be one that I have found in WA. Gonna go give it hell next Sunday again and going to take my brother with me (if he doesnít flake out as usual). I figure Iíve got until mid July to find at least one descent size deer shed or an elk shed come next month..
    If anyone has any good advice or areas to check out Iím all ears.
  I thought for sure this last weekend would be a good area as we (me and the dog) saw probably 20 deer while out hiking around. Was concentrating on South facing slopes, but basically looked everywhere to no evail! Owell, itís nice getting out there at least! Any pro tips out there??
Blacktail sheds I suck at finding them, Elk sheds, I do ok on. I shed hunt on the West side, I seem to find a lot of them in swampy areas, or close to a swamp. I look for fresh rubs, I've found a few at the base of a fresh rub. and if it's Late March/early April, I go real slow in an area with fresh sign. If it's March/April and you can smell Elk, beat the brush in that area. Good luck
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2018, 05:54:30 PM »
The dozen bulls 6 points or better that I ran into last week still had very good color and their antlers looked like they were really healthy.

Usually April 15th or there abouts is when it really gets good for elk sheds. Only the big one's are dropping now and chances they have already been picked up.
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2018, 06:46:44 PM »
The dozen bulls 6 points or better that I ran into last week still had very good color and their antlers looked like they were really healthy.

Usually April 15th or there abouts is when it really gets good for elk sheds. Only the big one's are dropping now and chances they have already been picked up.

Dang. I didnít know all of the big ones were already picked up! :bash:
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2018, 07:43:36 PM »
Over here on the east side, our snows just starting to melt. Most places have been inaccessible. Last year, I found them hiking around, off the road while driving and one right in the middle of the road. I try and take a mental catalog of the most used trails in the snow, than hike the area when it thaws. Works ok for me. Good luck
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2018, 03:04:00 PM »
THAnks again guys! Really appreciate all the advice! Like I said, Iím headed over the mountains to a spot where we saw a Tom of deer last weekend and try to get a little further out where people are less likely to go.. I also really like the tip about watching the sides of the roads. Bet most people arenít doing that while driving. I know Iím usualy not. Gonna make my brother drive this time! Ha.. 👍
  Iíll let yíall know how we did when we get back.

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 12:32:10 PM »
So just to update how bad I am at Shed hunting. Went back out with my brother (who drove) and we spent about 4 hours hiking around. My brother found 3 and I found ZERO!!
   To top it off, Iíve been out 3 times since now looking for deer/elk sheds. Once on the Eastside and twice on the west side. Iíve seen more elk sign (tracks, Pooh and rubs.. countless rubs the last two trips out on the west side). I have found a total of ZERO sheds this year.
  I think Iíve now spent 250.00 in gas, put a thousand miles on my new car and probably 40 hours looking. The struggle continues!! Iím off tomorrow and headed back out. I think Iím going to head back to the Eastside as long as the pass looks okay.
   At least Iím getting lots of exercise and fresh air! Lol...

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 12:55:23 PM »
Sounds like you rock at shed hunting.  :tup:

Sounds like you suck ar shed finding!  :chuckle:

Keep at it as when you get on some horn it will be that much more of a success.

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #19 on: Yesterday at 01:55:49 PM »
Haha! Yeah, youíre absolutely correct!! I am good at the hunting just horrible at the finding!
   Usually I donít care so much, but I really want to find a few for knife handle materials for the class I have coming up.
   I do agree though, makes it that much more rewarding to find if they arenít easy to come by. Itís just crazy seeing the piles that people post up on social media and even here for that matter! At least Iím getting lots of good practice in!

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #20 on: Yesterday at 02:02:59 PM »
  :o

I found 11 last weekend checking cams/on the way to check cams including one everybody and their dog has probably driven by this year. 10 feet off the downhill side of a road sitting by a relatively fresh landing. Keep looking, especially by logging units that were cut this winter.
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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 02:31:27 PM »
I found two mulie sheds yesterday on a NE facing slope in the only bedding cover on the hill. Another thing to try is find a buddy with some antlers and have them set out a couple for you to find in a small area. You have to get your eye accustomed to what youíre looking for.

I find most of my antlers by glancing over one without it immediately recognizing itís an antler, but my brain will register something subconsciously and Iíll look back and see it lying there.

Also try to time your days on a cloudy day after morning dew or rain. The bone shines well on those kind of days.

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #22 on: Yesterday at 04:38:34 PM »
  :o

I found 11 last weekend checking cams/on the way to check cams including one everybody and their dog has probably driven by this year. 10 feet off the downhill side of a road sitting by a relatively fresh landing. Keep looking, especially by logging units that were cut this winter.

Soul crushing!!! Really! Lol.....

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Re: I suck at shed hunting
« Reply #23 on: Yesterday at 06:17:19 PM »
I covered like 14 miles this last  weekend on mostly private property. Only found one, remember your looking for a needle in a haystack pretty much.  Its an addicting hobby, even on bad days
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