Still Winter

March 23, 2013

Hi shed hunters,

Thanks for all the comments you’ve been making. I’m sorry I haven’t acknowledged them. I usually try to respond to them all but I’ve just been so busy! Please know that I do read them all and I appreciate your comments! I just got home after 10 days on the road. Went down to the antler auction in Dubuque and came home with a truckload! Then it was off to the folks’ house. I was shocked. The snow along the road was over the top of their mailbox by a foot! They went snowmobiling last night! I thought I was going to get some good walking in. Instead it was cold and windy and absolutely nasty! I did get to visit with a family friend, George. He owns the farm where I began deer hunting. He had 8 different bucks stealing corn from his corn crib this winter. He doesn’t mind too much. He likes to watch them and he had a trail cam out and got a couple nice ones on film. They were nowhere to be found last deer season! He found a 6-point shed at the corncrib back in February. I forgot, I should have taken a picture! He got one other one last week before another dumping of snow, but there should be 14 more out there for sure! Just got home today and I went shed hunting as soon as I could get out. It’s been a week and a half since I got to walk on my home turf. It was a pretty successful trip, even if I didn’t come home with any bones. I saw “my guy.” He is a very cool buck that I’m jonesing for pretty bad. I last saw him Feb. 25 with a full rack. He is shed out now. I have great video and trail cam pics of him, but I’m going to keep his identity a secret for a little longer till those sheds surface. I don’t want to encourage people to shed hunt that spot! I’m excited to show him off. He is a very cool buck! Please be patient. With him were several other deer, including  a halfrack buck and a full rack buck! I always figured bucks holding antlers till mid-March fell within the “normal” category, but this is now late. I have seen a couple with sheds in April. It floors me that so many deer held so long, considering we had a pretty good winter. That indicates to me most of them are pulling through in pretty good shape. I’m excited to get out and do some more looking, but there is so dang much snow! I wore my knee boots again today. When you’re on the trails it’s easy walking, but if you go cross-country, it’s often past your knees. What a crazy winter! Good luck to all of you out there. Keep checking back. Lots of good things coming, and maybe if I’m really lucky I’ll actually get a shed one of these days!



  1. Hi Joe,
    My family and I went shed hunting today and what do you know we found one! My whole family loves shed hunting. I myself am 11 years old. You might know my dad, Jeremy Pozniak, you signed his Shed Hunting book once. Keep trying to find those horns! Their out there!

    Comment by Autumn in Minnesota — March 24, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

  2. Went out to the white river marsh yesterday. Found a dead buck but with my luck he already dropped his antlers before kicking the bucket. At one point i saw 25 deer run through a field, so i know im in the right spot to find them but they have yet to jump out at me.
    P.S. Joe i believe i sat next to your brother jack at the DU banquet in Berlin. I was the unlucky guy who split tickets with my dad and gave him the winning ticket to a 30.06. Good luck, sure hope my luck turns soon.

    Comment by Craig eckstein — March 24, 2013 @ 7:09 pm

  3. Hey Craig,
    Hard to believe there are that many deer together out there! Sounds like you’re in the right spot. Sorry you didn’t win a gun at the DU banquet. That’s the same luck I have! Hopefully things will turn around. I was in Berlin over the weekend and I can’t believe how much snow is there!

    Comment by joe — March 24, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  4. Hi Autumn,
    Thanks for the post! Glad to here that your family found a shed today. It’s pretty exciting stuff! I do remember your dad’s name. Hope the book gave you some pointers. Keep after them. There are more out there!

    Comment by joe — March 24, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

  5. Hey Joe, I follow your blog every year. I also follow don and kandy kisky’s as well as the nashc website and it seems that bucks are still packing all over the country this yr. I reside in north east pa and it’s normal for the deer heard around hear to still carry into April, 7 of us and a 8 month old female yellow lab from roger siegler kennels went Saturday for 3 hrs, I was the only one to find antlers, a match set yr and half old. the antlers are out there but we still have snow on the ground here to. when it melts they will reveal themselves. seek and you’ll find

    Comment by gordy wesneski jr — March 25, 2013 @ 6:07 am

  6. Thanks for the post Gordy. Glad to hear I’m not the only one having trouble with the snow!

    Comment by joe — March 28, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

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