Hooks is a Halfrack!

March 10, 2009

We are supposed to get up to a foot of snow between today and tomorrow, so yesterday I blew off everything I was supposed to do and went shed hunting! I started out in a new area, but wasn’t seeing deer sign like I’d hoped, so I went back to my usual spot. The dilemma of urban shed hunting is there are so many shed hunters here, you have to be the first one to come across the shed, which means you have to constantly cover the same ground. It really gets old. I have spots where I go to once a year and no one is in there and the sheds are waiting for me after the snow melts. That’s how I prefer it, but in these urban areas, I have the benefit of watching these deer and seeing the same deer on many occasions. I was just going to cover some of the out-of-the-way spots in this area, but I’d hardly left the truck when I saw “Hooks” the big 6-pointer, and he was missing his right antler! His bare pedicle was bloody and he must have shed that antler very recently. I texted my friend Aaron, and he and his new puppy came out to help with the search. He couldn’t stay long, but I figured between the two of us, we ought to be able to find it! No such luck! “Unfortunately,” all I found was a big 4-point side! Would have been a nice 5, but apparently the brow busted off in velvet. Any other day I’d have been thrilled to find it, but today I had one specific antler on my mind. The 4-point side is this year’s shed and I’d walked within about 20 yards of it many times. It was buried in the brush. I go to this spot about 3 times a week and I’ve never seen the buck who carried this antler! All told, I searched for Hooks’ shed for about 7 hours and couldn’t find it. Usually it takes me 3 hours to cover this area, so I was really checking it over. I did see another guy out today who was obviously a shed hunter. Maybe he’s got it! Maybe I should have asked him. Disappointing day. I thought for sure I was going to get that shed. No giving up, but this snow is going to make things complicated. Keep your eyes on the ground.




  1. Nice going Joe, don’t give up, you’ll find it, as long as it’s out there you’ll get it. Just keep focused on it

    I’m kinding mad too, because I just keep finding old ones, at least your finding some fresh ones.


    Comment by John Rittle — March 10, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

  2. That’s a sweet “bummer” shed there you got. I understand not finding the one you were after though. Long story short, I have this honey hole I hit every year and really clean house. I went there on the last day of December to set my game cam up on some alfalfa bales to see what pics I could get. Well, there happened to be two old guys I know who don’t even shed hunt and they just happened upon 9 fresh sheds!! And big ones to boot!! I was a little frustrated, but happy for them. They had a few sets from deer that I have multiple sets from previous years. It’s crazy to hear that your deer are still packing. I think our couple really cold snaps here stressed the bucks a little after a hard rut and they dropped early. I was surprised to see all them bucks dropping in late Dec. Well, congrats on the find. I don’t care how many antlers I find, I always get pumped to see what others are picking up. So far this year in SD I’m up to 34 whitetail sheds and one elk spike. Good luck and I look forward to seeing this infamous Hooks’ headgear!

    Comment by Jeff Hauser — March 10, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

  3. i tried joe! I watched hooks for a good half hour waitin for that other side to fall! No such luck. I as well walked within 15 yards of that shed you picked up! Im just gonna tell myself it wasnt there a month ago! haha.. I got out b4 the storm this morning and found a side by side matched 7 pointer, missing a brow on one side. It was a nice suprise, i actually told myself the night before i was gonna pick up 2! didnt think it would work out like that. We will get hooks eventually joe! when this 14 inches dissapears!

    Comment by Aaron White — March 10, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

  4. Joe I know exactly what you mean.
    I live in an urban area and previously had some great spots but this year every spot has footprints and all my favourite haunts have been picked over.
    But don’t give up. I live in a residential area and between the homes behind me is a small ravine, maybe 50 feet wide. Last night i was looking out the kitchen window and saw something white as the snow was melting and low and behold a nice 4 point.
    Keep looking and don’t give up.

    Comment by Ron Chmara — March 11, 2009 @ 6:57 am

  5. nice forecast prediction they made, huh joe? I wont complain though… Ill take the 3 inches over the 14 plus they were predicting. Now its just he air temps we need to worry about 30 below windchills! 40’s by sunday though…Could it be the beginning of the madness? Lets hope so! Im hoping to get out in the a.m either tomorrow or saturday. The wife has off Sunday, so I might be able to get in a longer walk. Maybe see ya out there! Good luck!

    Comment by Aaron White — March 12, 2009 @ 2:26 pm

  6. I happened to stumble upon a four point elk shed a couple of days ago and became interested in shed hunting. Theres a really nice five point around be hes still holding on to his antlers so I guess its stalking time!

    Comment by Alan — March 13, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

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