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Santa’s Reindeer

December 21, 2011

This time of year it’s nearly impossible to turn on the TV without seeing some Christmas special. Every time I see Santa’s sleigh being pulled by big-racked reindeer, I have to chuckle. Hollywood isn’t as smart as it thinks it is. All reindeer, or domesticated caribou, have antlers, both males and females. Of course, these large-racked reindeer we see on TV would be mature bulls.  Mature bulls shed usually around November. By Christmas time, only juvenile bulls and cows still possess antlers. Young bulls shed in spring while cows shed later in May or June, just prior to calving.  So Hollywood got it wrong! One of the most memorable shed hunts of my life took place well north of the Arctic Circle near Deadhorse, Alaska, right at the top of the state. While caribou hunting, I managed to find about a half dozen caribou sheds from both cows and bulls. I also got my bull on the first day of the hunt. Caribou will forever be one of my favorite animals after that experience. The animals themselves are incredible and the habitat they live in is just amazing! Anyway, in more pertinant news, I have heard of a few fresh whitetail sheds being found. It’s game on! Merry Christmas to you all!

Joe


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