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T.S. Allen
02-23-2013, 05:28 PM
Hey all I have been off the grid for a while. Its good to be back. Well I have FINALLY got a few days off and I am headed out to scour the hillside in search of shed antlers. Unfortunately the weather forecast is calling for snow.! Have any of you been out?

Colorado Cowboy
02-23-2013, 05:49 PM
Think its still a little early here. Saw 10 or 12 bucks in the last week still sporting their racks.

T.S. Allen
02-23-2013, 06:06 PM
Could be a bit early. I have heard if a few being picked up. I have been told for years that the bigger bucks drop earlier. I have shed hunted most of my life but I have never been able to gather enough evidence to support this. Does anyone know if this is true and do you have some lead to back it up? :)

Colorado Cowboy
02-23-2013, 07:25 PM
There were a couple of really nice 4x4's in with the ones I saw. One was at least 26". Still had there racks.

T.S. Allen
02-23-2013, 08:34 PM
Well I hope they start dropping soon I am headed out on Tuesday and Wednesday. If I get any I will post some pics.

Montana
02-23-2013, 08:45 PM
I'be found about 15 so far this year. Think they've all dropped here.

T.S. Allen
02-23-2013, 09:21 PM
Are finding mule deer sheds?

T.S. Allen
02-24-2013, 06:50 AM
Oh crap! I woke up this morning to a pile of snow in my yard. What a bummer I doubt it's gonna melt off before Tuesday morning. Maybe I better just head to Targhee and ski the fresh powder.

Montana
02-24-2013, 07:07 AM
Yeah... Both. Maybe they drop early here who knows. I sent some pics to my buddy in Cali and he thought it was early too. A while ago, a customer of mine, game warden, said the latest he had ever seen a buck with horns was Valentines Day. He got a report of someone shooting a deer on V-Day and didn't quite get it. When he got to the scene, it was a big old buck, he couldn't believe it still had horns. The story etched in my mind for dates. Since then I balance the dates, not too early so I don't push anything but also try to be amongst the first in the field.

Here is some fun pics. My daughter with her first find on a year old shed and one of my better days this year.

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Montana
02-24-2013, 07:19 AM
Thought I would also share my best single find this year... A match set with another shed, circled, 10 ft away.

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T.S. Allen
02-24-2013, 07:54 AM
Those are great pics thanks for sharing. I will try and get a few old ones posted.

T.S. Allen
02-24-2013, 07:56 AM
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My son with one of his first finds.

Montana
02-24-2013, 08:05 AM
Dandy shed... Always fun to get the kids involved :)

ivorytip
02-24-2013, 05:15 PM
there is no rhyme or reason to when they drop. im convinced it has nothing to do with food health or weather. ive found trophy mule deer horns during end of december and seen trophy mule deer still sporting racks in march on same winter range on several diff years in totaly diff conditions. also seen deer drop one and keep other side on for several weeks. have only found white tail sheds so far this year

T.S. Allen
02-24-2013, 07:19 PM
I have to agree. Growing up on the ranch outside Soda I used to watch the deer and elk all winter long. I could never pattern or diagnose any certain thing that got them dropping. I do love to shed hunt and since I am so busy with work I am unable to pattern or even spend time watching the critters this year. Also living in a new area where the snow is scarce and the animals are very spread out I cant even decide where to start. I am headed out in the morning to spend a day in Kelly Canyon, Tuesday in Swan Valley, then hit a few spots around Pinedale and Thermopolis on my way back to Cheyenne. I will keep you posted.

velvetfvr
02-24-2013, 10:22 PM
I shed hunt and will start sometime soon, archery shoots now take up most of my time.


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dying to kill
02-25-2013, 07:47 PM
I agree wit ivory, i cant tell u how many articles iv read that so called deer experts have wrote talking about the best and worst ways to hunt sheds and why they do it blah blah blah. I havent found many facts about it that i believe. All i know is that if your not were the deer are you wont find any, and if u dont get out and look for em u dang sure wont find em. Thats my professional expert opinion.

Montana
02-25-2013, 09:33 PM
Not sure if I agree with everyone on this and I am by no means an expert. We picked up 6 more sheds Sunday in 4.7 miles. All in roughly the same area. South facing, on the edge of something.. Opening, brush, ravine. We walk north facing and large openings and never find anything and that's where we can see the furthest/most. Timing is everything in my opinion. You can't push the animals out but you have to be with the first wave of folks. I am a 20-30 shed a year guy and would love to be better. I hear some guys find that in a day. That's who need on here giving advise, not me. :). But I do think there is strategy involved

Colorado Cowboy
03-01-2013, 06:47 AM
On my way to Lodge last evening saw 2 bucks still sporting their headgear. One was a 3x3, the other a forkie. One of my Lodge Brothers told me he has seen several elk with only one antler left. Looks like anytime here in SW Colorado.

T.S. Allen
03-01-2013, 08:34 AM
Well my trip was a bust. It snowed several inches and I didn't find anything. A few of the canyons I was wanting to hit were full of tracks from fellow shed hunters. I was a little too late. I did see a few bucks still holding on to their antlers. I was also somewhat fooled by the lack of snow in eastern Wy. The spring like weather in this area had me a bit anxious. On the west side of the state there is a lot of snow. I didn't bring snow shoes so the post holing was a little too hard for this old guy. I am headed back this Sunday. Going to join up with a few friends in Soda Springs. I can't wait.

T.S. Allen
03-01-2013, 11:23 AM
Here is a good day from a few years ago.

T.S. Allen
03-01-2013, 04:39 PM
I am getting some other pics gathered up and I will post them. I have changed computers a couple times in the last couple years so most of my photos are scattered.

Darktimber
03-01-2013, 05:43 PM
Nice pile of elk bone. You did good. Here is a couple of mine, all muleys.
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http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/darktimber2008/P1060432.jpg

Darktimber
03-01-2013, 05:50 PM
http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/darktimber2008/100_0828.jpg
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http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/darktimber2008/P1060457640x480.jpg
http://i537.photobucket.com/albums/ff335/darktimber2008/rsz_p1060527.jpg

T.S. Allen
03-01-2013, 07:06 PM
Impressive sheds!

HiMtnHnter
03-02-2013, 08:19 AM
T.S. Allen, keep in mind that shed hunting is not legal in Wyoming west of the divide until May 1.

ivorytip
03-02-2013, 08:52 AM
dark timber... did you score out that shed your boys are holding? that thing is narly

T.S. Allen
03-02-2013, 03:45 PM
HiMtnHnter yup thanks for the info I am actually shed hunting in Idaho.

dying to kill
03-02-2013, 08:21 PM
danget, thats some horns guys!!!

Muleys 24/7
03-02-2013, 08:24 PM
Good job with those big piles!

ivorytip
03-03-2013, 06:34 AM
ts allen. shoot me a pm next time your headed out to do some shed hunting. im here in blackfoot. im headed up this week sometime to wolverine, blackfoot mountains.

T.S. Allen
03-03-2013, 08:23 AM
Sounds great I have been up into wolverine a few years ago. How are the snow levels up there right now?

ivorytip
03-03-2013, 10:08 AM
bout 6 inches on the benches but back into canyon and a bit higher up there is alot. affraid i wont be making it in there for my bear hunt till early may. id say the snow level i slightly above average

Grizz
03-04-2013, 11:36 AM
Dog found one in the yard the other day, was proud of it too!

Colorado Cowboy
03-09-2013, 08:17 AM
Last evening I was coming home from town just before dark and saw a lot of deer out feeding. Had a storm so they had been bedded up for awhile, must have been pretty hungry! I saw a least 100 and saw quite a few bucks with their horns (yes I said horns!) still intact. Sure seems late to me.

sjsmallfield
03-11-2013, 06:50 PM
Went up to a piece of property I bowhunt on last Wednesday and found a lion kill. It was a nice 3x2.(NOT HAPPY) I will try to post a pic when I get home tonight.

Fink
03-14-2013, 05:53 PM
ShedDawg and I took a little walk behind my house tonight, and while she's found a few on her own and brought them back to the house, this is the first one she's found with me, while we were actively looking. I was pretty excited.

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T.S. Allen
03-14-2013, 06:25 PM
Fink!!! That is so cool. I have a yellow lab that is 5 months old and we play with shed antlers that are laying around my yard. I hope to train him to shed hunt. I am really impressed! Congrats on the find. Job well done. Keep me updated. I would appreciate any training tips you are willing to share.:)

Fink
03-14-2013, 09:16 PM
She's not a shed dog by any means, but since she's been a pup, she's always chewed on antlers.. She pretty much packs them around wherever she goes. If I throw them into the woods, and send her, she'll go get them, but she doesn't seem to bring the ones she finds back to me.. Kinda just stops and sniffs them and picks them up and drops them. But, she hunts really close, so I usually just watch her.

If your pup likes his 'horns' he will probably eventually start to pick them up when he's in the woods