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First Deer Shed of the Year!

December 14, 2009

Well, I didn’t find it. My good friend Andy in Minnesota was walking a property with the landowner when he spotted a 5-point side on the ground along a deer trail. Andy works for the soil and water conservation district and was helping the landowner come up with a property management plan, so unfortunately, Andy had to give up his shed to the landowner. There was a little bit of blood on the base. Interestingly, Andy said there were several fresh scrapes dug out in the snow right in the area. It would seem to me that any buck that is shedding would have reduced testosterone levels, so it shouldn’t be working scrapes. Was it working scrapes or simply in the area by coincidence? We’ll never know.

Joe


Antlers on the Ground!

December 13, 2009

I’ve got a confirmed case of a shed-out buck. A former co-worked killed a deer last week in Wisconsin. Thought it was a doe, turned out to be a shed-out buck. Anyone else heard of deer shedding? Anyone FOUND a fresh shed yet???

Joe


Deer Season

December 9, 2009

I’m going to try to get some more posts going here. It’s getting to be shed season again! It was a very mixed deer season for me this year. Last year in Minnesota I hunted 7 days straight, sleeping in a cold pickup box and returned the following week for 3 more days of hunting. I saw a big buck on opening day and couldn’t get a shot. After that, I passed a respectable 9-pointer. I ended up without a deer. THIS YEAR, things were different. I shot a decent 9-pointer an hour into season. After that, I got to watch a 12-year-old shoot his first deer on the second day. I was also in the right place at the right time on a well executed drive later in the season and shot this 12-pointer. The 12-pointer dressed out at 207 pounds, making it my heaviest deer yet. Quite a change from last year in Minnesota!

Wisconsin deer season hasn’t gone so well. I didn’t get to hunt as much as I wanted, and when I did, I didn’t see much. I sat 20 hours opening weekend and saw just 5 deer. Last week I missed a doe with my muzzleloader. Tomorrow begins a four-day antlerless season, and wifh fresh snow on the ground, I’m hoping to track down a doe.

How did everyone else’s seasons go? If you’ve got pictures, I’d be happy to post them on the blog for you. Just email me at shedhunter@mail.com.

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