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April 8, 2013

Hi folks,

Just got back from my second shed hunting trip to Montanaand it was a blast! I went with my friend Dan Hess. Dan is great for getting contacts. He is the man with the info! We shed hunted a few ranches, one of which was owned by Art Hayes, who appeared in my second DVD. Art is truly one of the best shed hunters I’ve ever met and he was doing it before it was “cool.” He let us stay the night at his place. We really appreciate his hospitality and the access to shed hunt his ranch. We also shed hunted another ranch with the hope of coming back this fall for a deer hunt. So many things I could say about this trip. Don’t know where to begin! I’ll some it up by saying we found 82 sheds in 4 days. We got antlers from mule deer and whitetails. Highlights were my 75-inch mule deer shed and Dan’s 67-inch whitetail shed. I really got lucky on the mulie. I saw a cool rock formation and decided to walk over and take a picture. It was the only reason I walked to that place. When I peeked over the edge, there it was! Dan’s shed was a stud. It was a 4-pointer with great mass! I wish I’d have taken better close-ups. Should have gotten a lot more picturs. Dan also got a brown 62-inch whitetail and I got a matched set of brown mulies that went 65 and 67. Those sheds were 4 feet apart. I found three sets on the trip, all of which were laying just a few feet apart. I rarely find them like that at home! We worked cover from riverbottom cottonwood forests, to sage brush flats, to all-out mountain climbing and we found antlers in all these places. It was a great time! I really appreciate Dan’s effrots. He made the whole trip possible! Plus it was great to find 60-degree weather instead of the fresh 5 inches of snow that fell back home while I was gone! If you ever get the chance to head west, give it a try!

Dan Hess. We climbed the mountain in the background and found sheds.

Dan Hess gazes at the mountain we were about to climb.

 

Walked over to take a pic of this rock formation and found a big mulie shed below. Can you spot it?

Walked over to take a pic of this rock formation and found a big mulie shed below. Can you spot it?

Brown mule deer set. I found three sets together and that never happens for me! Both these sheds would make the record book.

Brown mule deer set. I found three sets together and that never happens for me! Both these sheds would make the record book.

My big mulie shed. I don't know why we didn't think to take a nice outside pic!

My big mulie shed. I don't know why we didn't think to take a nice outside pic!


3 Comments »

  1. Joe, That is some wild hair. I love it that your smiling face is framed in the g2.

    Comment by Opie — April 10, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

  2. that looks like a blast, Me and a buddy are leaving for new mexico, from Leon, Iowa to shed hunt for elk and mulies tuesday the 23rd if your interested. P.S. I like your site would love to add to it. Horn Dawggin it

    Comment by Randy Van Sant — April 12, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

  3. Where are you! Like you have disappeared.

    Comment by smokey Adams — April 20, 2013 @ 10:33 am


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