Got this email from longtime Big Deer blogger Dan Hermon a while back:
Mike: It’s getting close to time to hit the woods and crop fields for some sheds. What advice do you have in terms of shed hunting? I know they fall off at different times and different locations, but do you have any tricks of the trade to share? I’ll be taking my son out again this year and the only advice I can really give him is to put in the miles and search every step of the way. I thought the best deer blog in the country and its readers might have good advice for us! Thanks, Dan
Here are 4 great tips. Readers, please add any other advice you have to help Dan out:
A lot of people have no luck shed hunting because they look on one or 2 properties where the deer may not be this time of year. Get permission to as many farms and woodlands as you can. Then start walking. But make sure you walk where the deer are now. Remember that 90 percent of the deer are in 10% of the habitat this time of year, so you need to narrow your search areas down.
If you see 10, 20 or more deer feeding in an area, sheds are going to be close by. The best food sources to check are: 1) standing soybeans or a late-cut bean field where some pods are still on the ground; 2) thick, scrubby fields, with green shrubs with berries and maybe some locust trees with pods; 3) alfalfa, clover or winter wheat. But look ANYWHERE you see deer feeding on a regular basis.
Most good shedding is done in and around food sources and nearby staging areas. From there, branch out farther toward the bedding areas. And be sure to hunt the connecting trails between the two.
If you find several sheds in one spot this year, you will probably find more there next year and the next.
Good luck with your shedding, send us pictures and info if you find some good ones!