27 02, 2024

Shed Hunt Scouting Tip: Learn Deer Trails

2024-02-27T15:40:29-05:00February 27th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|0 Comments

My friend Don Kisky, co-host of Whitetail Freaks TV Show on Outdoor Channel, uses his March shed antler hunts to do one thing: learn every main and secondary deer trail on his hunting property. On a shed hunt, he cuts every trail (new and old) and follows it to find where that path comes and goes; where it crisscrosses another trail; how and where a trail cuts through cover and bends around obstacles. Everything about a deer trail, Don learns it. That helps him kill giant bucks the next fall. For example, one November day as Don was sneaking into a stand, he  looked up and spotted a monster buck boring straight at him. He scanned the area and remembered [...]

7 02, 2024

How to Find 100 Deer Antlers

2024-02-07T14:18:48-05:00February 7th, 2024|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Shed Hunting, sportsman channel, whitetail deer|0 Comments

My friend Mark “Sheds” Jaymon is best antler hunter I know. He finds more than 100 bones every late winter and spring, along with several buck carcasses and/or skulls with racks attached. Sheds, who I suspect is out in the woods collecting right now, offers his secrets: Start hunting hard around Super Bowl Sunday. It’s ok to start in January, but you should get really serious February 1, when most all bucks have dropped their antlers. The biggest key to shed hunting is to just branch out and go. A lot of people have no luck because they look on one or two properties where the deer may not even be this time of year; or maybe they are just [...]

26 03, 2023

Kansas Shed Hunter Finds More Than He Bargained For–A Human Skeleton

2023-03-26T11:19:53-04:00March 26th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Hunting News, Shed Hunting|Comments Off on Kansas Shed Hunter Finds More Than He Bargained For–A Human Skeleton

This story caught my eye because a shed hunter recently found human remains in the same general woods in southeast Kansas where I deer hunted (and shot a big buck) last December. According to Fox News, a man was searching for shed deer antlers in a rural part of southeast Kansas when he discovered human skeletal remains…. State and local authorities responded to the scene…near Humboldt, a small town about 110 miles south of Kansas City. Law enforcement said the remains were so badly decomposed that the age and gender of the person were not immediately apparent. An autopsy is scheduled in hopes of positively identifying the remains. Note, skull in picture is for effect only and not from the Kansas scene. [...]

14 02, 2023

Shed Hunter Finds Frozen Big Buck

2023-02-14T11:25:02-05:00February 14th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Shed Hunter Finds Frozen Big Buck

A hunter who wishes to remain anonymous sent this story and picture. Mike: A guy looking for sheds found this buck yesterday on a farm in Illinois. I had hunted that farm and that buck for 2 years. The deer was still lying in the woods for days because the DNR had not shown up yet to look things over and issue the shed hunter a salvage tag for the rack. The dead buck is not 200 yards from a field that is visible from a remote back road. The last day of gun season was in December, and surprisingly the coyotes have not torn into the deer yet. The shed hunter didn’t move the buck, but said it looked [...]

9 01, 2023

Sheds Dropping Early: ID A Doe!

2023-01-09T09:44:34-05:00January 9th, 2023|Big Deer TV, BigDeer, Deer Hunting, Shed Hunting, whitetail deer|Comments Off on Sheds Dropping Early: ID A Doe!

Cody emailed the other day: “Mike, haven't found any sheds yet, but a guy doing drives with us the other week shot what appeared to be a doe but when we got to the deer it was obviously a young buck that had already dropped his antlers.” This is no big deal, an honest mistake, and most state laws about late season hunting take this possibility into account. But I use the anecdote to point out that bucks seems to be dropping their antlers earlier than usual in many areas, including here in the Virginia Piedmont. Lots more bone will fall off the bucks’ heads in the more usual shedding weeks of January, which is when late antlerless seasons are [...]

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