Shed Hunting is the Key to Herd Inventory

While shed hunting ,the author found this whitetail buck dead and scavenged by coyotes. (Photo: Mark Kayser)
While shed hunting ,the author found this whitetail buck dead and scavenged by coyotes. (Photo: Mark Kayser)

Nobody loves to inventory a business’ goods, but when you’re spring shed hunting a herd inventory is in order. As you walk the whitetail woods be on the lookout for clues that reveal the health of your herd.

To begin with, shed hunting allows you to visually see future buck potential. The sheds you find will give you that information in the palm of your hands. You can score the shed antlers, compare them to past years and match them up with your trail camera pictures. You have real evidence that certain bucks made it through the winter, shed their antlers and are likely contenders for your fall pursuit.

Whitetail deer in soybean field in late winter. (Photo by Mark Kayser)
Whitetail deer in soybean field in late winter. (Photo by Mark Kayser)

Next, keep a tally of the deer you see as you hike your hunting property. You may…

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