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Happy Day!

January 26, 2011

I don’t know what was going on today. I was just really happy! Maybe someone slipped some happy pills into my food, I don’t know. I had a couple hours to kill before dark, so I decided to take a little walk in an area I can cover in a couple hours. Wow, there were more deer trails in there than I’ve ever seen before! I saw four deer, but it’s apparent there are a lot of them in there. Well-established trails, otherwise really fluffy, deep snow. It was a gorgeous day, around freezing, after barely struggling to get above zero a few short days ago. How could I help taking a walk? Maybe it was the weather that had me in such a good mood. I was just loving life. I was thinking what I was going to write for my blog tonight. I was thinking about something along the lines of “help me find a shed, since I can’t seem to do it!” But on the way out, there was something lying in the trail. Usually I tell myself it’s just a stick until I’m sure it’s a shed. The let-down can be so depressing! But I let myself think it was a shed, and it was! Number 1 of the year! Yes!!! As if I wasn’t already in a good mood! Had to run back to the truck for the camera, but it wasn’t far. There were a lot of people tracks in there. It’s always a popular spot. But this little guy was kind of off to the side of everything. Sure, I find sheds on those big main trails, but a lot of times the bucks take their own trails. I suspect this guy had lain there for a week or more because there was just a trace of blood left on the base. Anyway, it’s fresh. I was so happy, I didn’t even care about finding the match. What a way to cap off an already great day! On the board in 2011! Pics are as I found it and then a close up view of the little 3-pointer. Nice curvy antler!

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Freeeeezing Walk!

January 24, 2011

We had some seriously cold temperatures around here over the weekend. Overnight lows of about -20 and a high of around 0 degrees! I thought it might be enough to deter SOME shed hunters, although I suspect there are plenty of souls out there who are as crazy as I am. I guessed right. There were no fresh tracks in the two areas I hit on Saturday on a short walk. Of course, the folks at home who were warm and toasty are probably smarter than me, because I didn’t find any sheds, either. I did see one buck still holding on to his headgear. Most of the deer seem to be staying pretty much on the trails in this area. I’m not going to have many chances to get out this week. Planning on doing a big fishing trip later in the week so the sheds will have to wait. From the sound of things, it feels like I’m the only one who HASN’T found a shed yet! Congrats to those of you who are finding the bones! Keep it up!

Joe


Velvet as an illegal drug?

January 20, 2011

Here’s an interesting story about football players taking a substance made from velvet that is supposed to improve their athletic performance. Maybe shed hunters would have more stamina and find more sheds with this???

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=Atlc805XiGN4zE8MhSMlhPE5nYcB?slug=dw-deerantlers011911


Snow!

January 19, 2011

Man, it just keeps snowing here in my area! Last week we got snow almost every day. It’s the really fluffy stuff too … the kind of snow that loves to hide antlers! So I haven’t been out. I’m almost glad, in a way. At least other people probably aren’t finding many. I always used to wait until February or March before I really kicked it into gear, but last year I started finding them in January, and I kind of liked it. It was nice to find them that time of year. Last year we had really crusty snow. The antlers were on top of it. The deer were forced to stay on the trails or cut themselves on the sharp snow. That fluff is gonna hide them this year, so I’ll probably wait a bit before I really hit it. I guess weather really dictates when we can FIND antlers and not necessarily when deer DROP them. I took a drive today and was really amazed how much snow was on the ground. Deer in my area are going to be concentrated. It’ll be my job to figure out where. Good luck out there and congrats to those of you who are getting sheds already!

Joe


No Bones Yet!

January 13, 2011

I got out for my third short hike of the season today. You people who are telling me you’re finding sheds are killing me! Ha ha! Nothing today, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself. It’s just been nice to have the opportunity to get outside. It’s been busy, so I’m just thankful for some outdoor time. I tried a spot I’ve never been in today and was pleasantly surprised to find no people tracks, although I know people shed hunt it. Nice to cover some new ground. I think it’s got potential. Good luck to everyone. Hope you’re finding some sheds!

Joe


Better Get In Gear!

January 10, 2011

Like a child running to the window and yelling, “It’s snowing!,” I’m running to the window saying, “They’re shedding!” That’s right, it’s time to get out there! Let me back up a second. Friday night I gave a talk on shed hunting at the Maranatha Church’s wild game dinner and it was a fantastic time. There was a great turnout, I got to meet some fellow shed hunters, and everyone made me feel so welcome. Thanks to everyone, especially Sam Beamond for setting up the event! Now, about running to the window … on Wednesday as I was working on my presentation for that speech, I glanced out the window at 3:30 p.m. and here’s a large, shed-out buck nonchalantly strolling down the sidewalk. Didn’t he know I was busy??? I have now gotten out for two short walks. The first walk I found plenty of human tracks in an area where I picked up four sheds last year that seemed to go under the radar last season. I guess someone found it. What’s more, all I found there was a headless deer! That’s not a good start. I got out for a longer walk on Saturday and spotted an 8-pointer still holding onto his headgear. No sheds, but great to be out. Otherwise I’ve been busy, but the plan is to make some time for a walk or two later this week. I’ve gotten plenty of reports of folks finding antlers. I think it’s time for me to join the 2011 successful shed hunters club! Get out there if you can!


Minnesota Wild Game Dinner this Friday!

January 3, 2011

If you’re looking to get back into the shed hunting mood (and I know I am) I will be speaking about shed hunting at the Maranatha Church’s Wild Game Dinner this Friday, Jan. 7 in Forest Lake, MN. It will be a good opportunity to socialize, sample a wide variety of wild game and talk shed hunting. The church has been sponsoring this event for decades and has had such folks as Al Lindner of fishing fame speaking, so I’ll have big shoes to fill. I’ve put together an all-new presentation just for this event and I’m really looking forward to it. If you’re within striking distance, come on out! Maranatha Church is located at 24799 Forest Blvd., Forest Lake, MN, just a ways north of the Twin Cities.  Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Joe


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