March 19, 2012

Wow, the shed season is really getting away! I spent the weekend in Iowa at the Dubuque antler auction. With temps in the 80s, it wasn’t too surprising that the crowd was small! Saw some amazing antlers and heads auctioned off (and yes, some even came home with me). What really struck me was the number of people who said they were seeing bucks that still had antlers. Pretty much everyone was saying that! With the mild winter we had, it makes sense bucks would be in good health, with minimal stress, so they should be able to retain antlers longer. I was glad to hear that for one simple reason: I went shed hunting in Iowa on Thursday, the day before the show. I have always wanted to do it, but never did. This year I made a point of going down a day early to shed hunt. I’ve heard too many stories of guys pulling 20 antlers in a day not to try it! I took a 6-hour walk and sweated like crazy. Most of the time I had my shirt off. I was on DNR land and I ran across at least 4 deer stands, so there is definitely some hunting pressure. Midway through the walk I spotted a dead fawn. I walked over to take a look at it, and beyond it I saw white tines poking up! My first Iowa shed. Turned out to be the only one. That makes 8 states (plus 1 province) where I’ve found a shed. ┬áIt wasn’t a 20-shed day, so I can only surmise that most of the Iowa bucks are still holding antlers! ;) I’m going to be out a few times this week in some areas with pretty good potential, so check back for more posts this week. Get out there while you can. With these warm temps, green-up is going to come fast this year!

1st Iowa Shed

1st Iowa Shed


  1. Hi Joe,
    Great that you got to the antler auction — and better, yet, that you came home with some souvenirs, both from the auction and from the field. Nice five-pointer you picked up! It’s already greening up here in the East, something fierce — just about a full month early. I think ALL the deer here are still holding on to their antlers, because I found four sheds in Jan. and none since, not for lack of looking. Lots of thorn scratches to show for the effort. But we never give up, right?

    Comment by Roger — March 20, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

  2. Nice find!! I have never shed hunt in any of the states i ve gone hunting in. Maybe I wasnt into it that much but to tell you the truth I was always afraid to call it shed hunting because I found so few antlers. Even if i dont find anymore, I had a decent year. Its amazing how shed hunting shows you how many good deer are really out there. I hope to go to Ohio next year. Maybe I ll take a day and go shed hunting.

    Comment by jack reeves — March 20, 2012 @ 7:13 pm

  3. Hey Jack,
    I think it’s fun to try to shed hunt in new areas. It’s always a challenge to see if you can take what you know and apply it in different situations. Good luck in Ohio, but be careful, I don’t think you’re allowed to take sheds off public ground in Ohio.

    Comment by joe — March 22, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  4. Hey Roger,
    Everything is way ahead of schedule here in Wisconsin too. Several days in a row in the 80s! Unreal! Fish are spawning ahead of schedule, everything is green! We are going to lose about a month of shed hunting time I fear! Sorry you haven’t gotten more. I haven’t had much chance to get out, so I too wish I had more sheds!

    Comment by joe — March 22, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  5. have anybody been finding anything in iowa

    Comment by nick — February 5, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

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