Where to Find Deer Antler Sheds: Feeding Areas

By the time a pro bass angler arrives at a lake, he has a pretty good idea of where he wants to go. More Expert Shed Hunting Tips During shedding season, deer do two basic things: eat and rest. Shed hunters should concentrate mostly in those two areas. Agricultural Feeding Areas First, what makes a good feeding area? Often, green food sources such as alfalfa or winter wheat will attract more deer than cornfields or soybean fields. Do your scouting to find the hot food source. If you find the right spot, you might find deer antler sheds from multiple bucks in one field. Woodland Feeding Areas If you live in a forested area without crops, you might have to work harder to find productive feeding areas. I’ve also seen white cedar swamps that were full of trails and were heavily used by deer, but they required much more searching than the well-defined lone apple tree. The trick is identifying good woodland food sources in your area and seeing how deer relate to them.

One of the first things a shed hunter realizes about searching for deer antler sheds is that you’re charged with covering an infinite amount of space with a finite amount of free time. Because no one has time to look by every tree or walk down every corn row, the trick becomes maximizing the time you have by eliminating unproductive ground and focusing on the best spots.

Where to Find Deer Shed Antlers: Feeding Areas
During shedding season, deer do two basic things: eat and rest. Shed hunters should concentrate mostly in those two areas for their best chance of finding deer antler sheds. (Photo courtesy gettyimages.com)

To put that in perspective, I liken shed hunting to fishing. A pro bass angler doesn’t just show up at a lake and start casting willy-nilly. Technology has made topographic maps readily accessible, which makes scouting much easier for anglers and shed hunters. By the time a pro bass angler arrives at a lake, he has a pretty good idea of where he wants to go. He’s probably already looked at a lake map and has identified promising humps, drop-offs, rock bars, weed edges and other structure that holds fish instead of just casting blindly into the middle of the lake. Hunters searching for deer antler sheds should treat their sport the same way.

More Expert Shed Hunting Tips

During shedding season, deer do two basic things: eat and rest. Shed hunters should concentrate mostly in those two areas. Trails linking these areas might also hold sheds, but I concentrate on the actual bedding and feeding areas first.

Agricultural Feeding Areas
First, what makes a good feeding…

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