Shed Hunting Helps You Study the Deer Population

Shed Hunting Tips to Help You See, Kill More Deer
Utilize all the resources available online and with past data you've collected through camera surveys, mapping and in-field experience while researching for trophy whitetail hunting destinations. This includes your shed hunting trips where you've located antlers and logged that into your record books. (PHOTO: Copyright Mark Kayser)

Utilize all the resources available online and with past data you’ve collected through camera surveys, mapping and in-field experience while researching for trophy whitetail hunting destinations. This includes your shed hunting trips where you’ve located antlers and logged that into your record books. (PHOTO: Copyright Mark Kayser)

Shed antler hunting can pay off in two ways. First, you can get a cash payout for selling your antlers. They are actually worth money in the dog chew and artisan market. Second, shed antlers can pay off by giving you a perspective on whether your management plan is working to grow big bucks.

Shed antler hunting junkies who repeatedly search properties almost always have a year-to-year record of a particular buck. By combining firsthand observations with your Nikons, trail camera history and the actual shed antlers, you glean a perspective of property potential.

Remembering body size seen through your binos and reviewing trail camera images helps you put an age on a buck. A sagging belly and Roman nose equals a mature buck. Measuring the actual antlers provides you with an idea of how much a deer may be growing from year to year. If you see a buck that isn’t growing to what you believe is full potential, then “Houston,…

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