Almost Missed One

February 10, 2014

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Sorry folks. I’ll try to do so more frequently. Of course, it helps if I find some sheds to talk about! It had been quite a while since I found a shed. It hasn’t been for lack of trying. This is always a tough time of the year. My very favorite places are deer yarding areas, and I just plain won’t go there this time of year. There’s no sense stressing out these deer just to pick up an antler. It’s going to be a really bad winter and we are going to lose a lot of deer this year. It was the worst possible combination of weather: deep snow that came early and bitterly cold temperatures ever since. I found a dead fawn and a dead shed-out buck in January already. It’s one thing to lose deer in April, but quite another to lose them in January. It’s gonna be bad! But enough of the gloom and doom. I’ve actually been looking quite a bit, but I’m going in town where there are lots of deer, but also lots of shed hunters. I get tired of walking the same ground all the time, hoping I’ll be the first one down the trail on the right day. It totally burns me out. I just haven’t timed it right. Plus I dearly love to ice fish, and it’s been a heck of a good fishing season with a few poor days mixed in for good measure. But anyway, today I decided to go for a walk, but I didn’t want any more of the same ol’, same ol’.  I went to a spot that I’d sort of forgotten about. I discovered it a couple years ago and I even found a couple sheds there that first season, but I hadn’t been back since. I decided to take a little walk and was blown away at the sheer amount of deer sign in there! It’s very snowy and there are tracks everywhere! I was walking along a well-used trail that was heading for a big tree that I just had to check out. Nothing at the tree, so I turned around and came back down the same trail. Now, to be fair, it was awfully sunny today and I had been walking right into the sun. But on the return trip from the tree, there it was, right along the edge of the trail. In face, it’s very possible my pants brushed it as I walked past it – it was RIGHT there! But it was almost completely buried under snow. It seems a lot of our bigger bucks did drop early this year, back in December, and judging by the amount of snow on this guy and the fact that we haven’t gotten any appreciable snow since before Christmas, I’d say this one has been there a while. I’m also using that as my excuse why I didn’t find anymore! But I will definitely be back this spring after the snow melts to look for more. I was pretty excited about the deer sign here!

My footprint right along the exposed tine tip.
A little more comes into view...
Nice 4-point side.


  1. Hi Joe, Wow, what a beautiful dark four-pointer, and what an eye you’ve got, spotting just the tip! Nice going. I’ve been looking to make such a find — with pretty bare ground, too, but I’ve been — what’s that black-and-white smelly animal called? — oh, yeah, skunked. Just one nice year-old four pointer, so far. But it’s the pleasure of looking that’s at least half the fun, and using our detective skills, largely learned from your book (and, no, you didn’t pay me to say that) that brings so much pleasure. Good luck in finding that buck’s match.

    Comment by Roger — February 11, 2014 @ 7:04 am

  2. I agree, nice dark one! I went out in my snowwhoes the other day & got skunked. Then heard a cougar was spotted crossing the road there, the same day! Yikes!

    Comment by Jane O — February 14, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

  3. Hi Joe great find its always fun to find one that is mostly hidden. I finely made it out today for the first time. I did find one I would like to say i saw it from a long way off but i didn’t. I tripped over it before I saw it. Oh well It was great to find one just the same.

    Comment by Raylin — February 16, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

  4. Nice one Joe.I went out the other day,but did not get far. Had record snow in mid Michigan this season and sub zero temps.The snow is deep, and the deer aren’t moving.So I have
    decided not to disturb them and wait it out.Hope I don’t get skunked again this year.

    Comment by Brian — February 17, 2014 @ 10:20 am

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