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. It 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!