BIG DEER’s shed-hunting expert Kelly Kirsch filed this field report: Mike: Walked another 16.8 miles last Saturday and found 6. I found one that I call the “kick stand,” it stands on its own. Kind of a cool antler, my wife already claimed it! Sunday I hurt so I just hit one place, a small dam with grasses in the middle of an unpicked corn field. It just felt right! Well, we picked 8, with three sets and this one good set.—Kelly By my count Kelly is pushing 100 antlers for the year so far, with some great sets like in the picture above. Gonna be a slammer buck this fall.. For BIG DEER's best shed-hunting tips click here.
During the winter and spring shed hunt of 2017, hunters across the country have been finding, picking up and posting on social media some giant “deadheads,” like this 200-class skull making the rounds on Facebook. Let me remind you that if you find any-size skull w/antlers in the woods you might—actually you probably-- need to obtain a salvage permit (or at least permission) from the state to possess and transport that skull. In most states a deadhead—the skull and rack from a buck that died of disease, was hit by a car or was lost by a hunter last season—is treated like a roadkill buck, and subject to the same state roadkill laws, which in most cases means you need [...]
Did you know…some fun facts about antlers and shed-hunting: The #1 Typical Whitetail Antler in the Shed Record Book is a 6-point 104 6/8” left side picked up in Illinois 1992. The #1 Non-Typical Whitetail Antler in the Shed Record Book is a 24-point 156 5/8” right side found in Saskatchewan 2007. Individual bucks often shed their antlers the same week every year. Antlers are the fastest-growing tissue in the animal kingdom. Increasing daylight and a buck’s falling testosterone cause antlers to shed. Once a buck drops one antler, the other one usually falls off within hours. Huge whitetail antlers can be found in many city parks and suburbs. Get permission to shed hunt these type areas if you can. [...]
Update from our expert, Kelly “Shedhunter” Kirsch: Mike: Walked 17.8 miles on Saturday, it was very warm, and picked up 15. One real nice set, maybe in the 160s. I found the antlers about ¾-mile apart. Sunday I hurt, so I used the Quad to cover a sunflower field and picked 12 more. Total for the year is right on 70 sheds, not a bad start. Take a look at that sunflower field. A lot of people I run into that think that antlers have to be knocked off by tree, fence post, or something. But there’s really nothing like that out here in places. Sometimes the antlers just fall off, and I have watched bucks hit the ground with [...]
Our friend Kelly “Sheddhunter” Kirsch from South Dakota filed this report from the antler fields: First hard day of walking two weeks ago, and looks like people are beating me at what I do so well. There were boot prints in most all the places I walked. I did manage to find a few sheds they left behind. The land these people are walking is all public, so I’ve tied up some adjacent lands where they ought to push the deer to. Hope it works out. This past weekend I walked 17 miles and found 5 matched sets (picture above). Walked another 8 miles the next day and only found 5 antlers. Funny how in some areas the bucks have [...]