I’m posting this topic in response to a question Todd Blettner wrote on my last post. I think it’s a good topic. There is a lot of talk about shed traps. I have not personally used them. For one thing, I don’t have a good place to set one out, and two, I think personally I like the challenge of finding them on my own. I am a little leery of them, just for the sake of the animals. Shed traps vary from homemade contraptions to professionally made products. Some use chicken wire, rubber bungee cords or other materials that are designed to help knock an antler loose as the deer feeds on bait. The whole baiting and feeding issue is a big can of worms in my home state of Wisconsin, where chronic wasting disease has been found in some areas of the state in our wild deer. Because it is thought CWD is transmitted through saliva from one animal to another, it is illegal in some areas to feed deer. I know a lot of people enjoy feeding and watching deer. I guess I’m kind of neutral on the issue. My concern is always for the deer. The composition of the shed trap is also important. The last thing you want is for a deer to become entangled in the trap. If an antler isn’t very close to shedding on its own, it simply will not come loose. The shedding process happens so fast, you could literally drag a buck by its antlers one day and they will fall off from their own weight the next. So avoid chicken wire or plastic snow fencing. The bungees may be a better option, particularly if they are allowed to break away. One thing I’ve heard of but haven’t tried is the stake method where you drive several wooden stakes in the ground and dump the bait around it. The stakes provide resistance that could potentially knock loose an antler, with no chance of ensnaring the deer. That’s my 2 cents, but like I said, I have never used a shed trap. Anyone have opinions/experiences with them, either homemade or commercial? I’d be interested to hear about it.