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Brain Training

January 31, 2013

Hi folks,

We’ve had a fair amount of snow lately, so I havent been out doing much shed hunting right now. Just thought I’d throw this out here as food for thought and maybe some of you can share your experiences. A big part of shed hunting, once you’re in the right place, is actually recognizing an antler on the ground. They are easy to walk past, and I’m sure I’ve done it countless times. I like to think I’m pretty good at seeing them on the ground, but there’s really no way to know how many you miss! Sometimes when I’m deer hunting I like to watch a leaf fall, memorize how it looks and where it is on the ground, then turn away and see if I can find it again. (I guess sometimes I get bored!) Just signed up on lumosity.com. It’s supposed to be a way to train your brain. The games are fun and I think it could be valuable to shed hunting. Even if it’s not, it’s still fun. (Sorry, didn’t mean to make this into an ad!) Any of you have ways of training yourselves to find antlers?

Joe


Moose and Deer Shedding

January 15, 2013

Got to walk some new ground the last couple days. Didn’t come up with any finds, but it was in a new territory, so that’s always fun. Looks like some good prospects for future trips to the area. Regular followers may know that I look mostly for whitetail sheds but make a few trips for moose every year late in the season. The areas I look are species specific. I don’t find moose sheds where I look for deer sheds and vice versa. This weekend, however, I was in an area that had both species. Yesterday, for example, I was looking in a clearcut for antlers and found about equal numbers of deer and moose tracks. Kind of exciting when you never know what the next antler you find will be! I’ve got some good info to go on now and will definitely be back for another round later this season. Personally, I’d rather find a moose shed, but I’d rather carry a whitetail shed! Good luck out there!

Joe


Shed Dog DVD Now Available

January 11, 2013

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When I started going to outdoor shows a few years ago with my antler display, a lot of people would come up to me and ogle over the sheds. The last couple years, however, they’ll pick up the antlers and ask, “Find these with a dog?” When I tell them no, some of them seem shocked, as if it isn’t possible to find one on your own! The interest in shed dogs the last few years has really skyrocketed, much like the interest in shed hunting a few years before that. I was kicking around the idea of doing a book or DVD on training your dog to find sheds, but I really have no experience in that area. But Tom Dokken does. He is widely regarded as an expert dog trainer. He produced a shed dog DVD, and now through a partnership, I am selling his DVD on my website. The instructional video teaches you everything you need to teach man’s best friend how to find antlers. Check it out by clicking the “Shop” tab at the bottom of my website, goshedhunting.com.


Starting off 2013 in a big way!

January 9, 2013

Hey shedheads,

It’s still plenty early, but every year it amazes me how many people I hear about finding sheds early … especially big sheds. A buddy of mine found a couple this week, which got me itching to get out (which is tough because I’ve been having a lot of fun ice fishing.) Yesterday I took a short impromptu walk but came up empty. Today I decided to hit it a little harder. Well, it didn’t take long! I was about a half hour into the walk. It was a little disconcerting because there were footprints in the area, but we are talking about deer that are in the process of shedding, so I kept going. I was on the phone making fishing plans when, WHAM, there it was! I thought it was a synthetic rattling antler at first. It was just too big! I told Cody I’d call him back. Really nice shed. Not only is this the earliest I’ve ever found one (beating my old record by a day) it’s by far the biggest first shed of the year I’ve ever found. Very stoked! I taped it at 62-6/8 inches. Record book shed! He’s got a cool hole where an insect would have burrowed in while the antler was covered in velvet. I’ve found a few such sheds over the years. Couldn’t come up with the match, but it may be out there. I’m sure there are other nice antlers to be found there. Lots of big rubs! Great way to start it off! Best of luck to my fellow shed hunters! Happy 2013!

Joe

 

A better look in hand.

A better look in hand.

 

Some big rubs in the area.

Some big rubs in the area.

 

Just a little blood on the base.

Just a little blood on the base.

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