shed dead buck spine

While you’re roaming the woods for sheds this weekend, you might run across a skull with antlers attached (from a buck that died of EHD, was hit by a car, or was lost by a hunter in the last season or two).

These skulls are cool finds, but did you know that in a few states, like Kansas and Illinois, possession of a skull with antlers attached requires a salvage tag from the state? With a skull and antlers that are obviously months-old and dried out or even bleached, this does not make sense to me, but if it’s the law you need to know it. The last thing you want is to come back home with a skull with big antlers, post a picture of your great find on Facebook or Twitter, and promptly get a call or visit from a state CO asking if you have the proper salvage permit.

What are the skull salvage rules in your state? If you know, let us know so everybody can hunt legally. And send your shed-hunting/skull photos and stories for us to share.