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Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by kyhunter99, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. supergoat80

    supergoat80 10 pointer

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    4D0E5CD9-4E13-4803-A407-41A18CBA314E.jpeg I’ve posted these before I’ve found a few since but these I was after. I like to be out walking in the spring to be out of the house. The smaller was found first day I was looking after about 4 or 5 hours laying on a sand bar in a ditch. Second which is the bigger found after a month and many miles in the thick stuff. All other sheds I’ve found most come after a lot of hours and miles then I hit a good stretch of finding a couple. One was 86 inches the other was like 94 inches if I remember right. He’s the deer in my avatar. The year he was 200 plus inches he broke a leg that winter and only grew to the 170 mark when I had retrieved him.
     
  2. supergoat80

    supergoat80 10 pointer

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    BADC29C7-9E4A-4AE7-A77B-E43281019D66.jpeg Pic of it on the back of a four wheeler so you can see size. Also that deer almost ruined friendships and plum drove me crazy haunted my dreams. I will never get so obsessed with a deer ever agin
     
  3. elmucho277

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    As said before, when looking for sheds be sure to focus on 1. Bedding areas, 2. Feeding areas and 3. Trails between the two. I also have good luck looking around fence crossing and anywhere they have to jump or duck something which may jar the antlers off. Be sure to walk slow and focus on the ground in an area of about a 20' radius, including directly in front of you. Just like deer hunting, don't look for a whole antler, but a part of an antler. Get used to looking for glimpses of the color of antler, curved shapes, round white circles (antler bases) and points. Something which has helped me tremendously is bringing binoculars with me. That way, if you see something which looks like the part of an antler, you can look at it through binoculars rather than walking to everything which catches your eye. Sometimes you still may have to walk up to it to verify if it is an antler or not, but binoculars save you a lot of unnecessary walking. You can also scan your radius with them every 40' or so and pick up things you don't catch with your bare eye. If you have an area with downed trees, spend extra time in there looking on both sides of the logs. I've had very good luck in those areas as bucks like to bed there often. Overcast days are easier to find antlers, even days with a slight drizzle. If you go during a sunny day, you will have an easier time if you keep the sun to your back as much as possible. Just because you are not finding sheds doesn't mean you are unlucky or doing something wrong, there may just not be any sheds in the area you are looking. As said before, some areas just tend to hold bucks during this time of year better than other areas due to bedding cover and/or late season food sources. Once you find these areas, you will likely find sheds in that general vicinity frequently over the years (especially if it is a bedding area). Good luck and don't give up!! Once you find some success, you will look forward to shed hunting almost as much as you look forward to hunting season.
     
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  4. Nock

    Nock 12 pointer

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    I wouldn’t worry to much yet. It’s still early.
     
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  5. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

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    Im hoping i find that mega 6pts set, whom i saw right before season is out. Im staying out of that territory completely until march.
    Thanks for all the tips. Id shed hunt everyday if i could.
     
  6. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

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    Thats such an awesome find, congrats!
     
  7. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    Best advise anyone can give you is just get in the woods as often as you can and just enjoy God's creation. If you find a shed it's a bonus. I use shed hunts more as scouting trips..
     
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  8. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

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    Theres no woods more beautiful than the kentucky woods in my opinion.
     
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  9. ojibwa62

    ojibwa62 12 pointer

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    Heading out in a few too spend some time in the woods.
     
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  10. bah1286

    bah1286 6 pointer

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    I’m with ya here. Me and my dog always. Some days my daughter, some days my boys, some all the kids and the wife and others me and my dad. We sometimes find sheds and lots of times don’t but we always have a great time.
     
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  11. kyhunter99

    kyhunter99 10 pointer

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    I went out for a quick walk, found a golf ball in the thickest stuff you could ever imagine.
    Pieces of deer hair, coyote scat, and a bone. But thats it.
     
  12. rlb165

    rlb165 10 pointer

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    Dang, no wonder your back is hurting...those sheds look HEAVY
     
  13. model70

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    Went out today to do some looking and the first deer I see is a male with both sides of his rack still intact. Ended up finding 1 shed that I think is this year's, and 3 more that were pretty heavily chewed by the resident tree rats.
     
  14. rlb165

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    rlb165 10 pointer

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    After reading your post, it occurred to me that I’ve never found a shed in really thick cover. I’m going to have to think about that.
     

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