Five Reasons for Hope!

March 15, 2009

Wow, what a gorgeous day! Three days ago it was below zero, this afternoon I was walking topless for a while because I was getting too warm in my sweatshirt! I love March weather! Let me back up a minute by saying that yesterday’s radio interview went well. I wasn’t nervous – my biggest fear was that my cell phone would conk out right during the show. It tends to be moody sometimes, even when I have good reception, but I made it through ok and it was a fun time. I got out yesterday afternoon for a while (it was another beautiful day) but came up empty, despite being quite optimistic. Today I went to a place right near where I’d been yesterday, but I’d never set foot in this area. The deer sign wasn’t too abundant for the most part, and I was starting to think I was wasting my time, but as I returned toward the truck, I got into some better sign. As I was walking along through a mostly snowy woods, the sun filtering down through the aspens illuminated one of my favorite sights — that of white antler tines jutting skyward! The shed was lying right at the base of a tree. I found one just like that last year and got it on video (it’s also on youtube. don’t know if this link will work or not, so you’ll have to copy and paste because I’m not computer savvy enough! Anyway, this 5-point shed is a year old. So many days I get so frustrated from seeing all these people tracks in the woods and I think it’s a wonder that I ever find any sheds. Then you find one that’s been out there for a year, and it doesn’t seem possible. Best of all, I was in the aspens, which means no squirrels. Not a single chew mark on it. Pic below. Sorry for not getting a nice pretty pic  in the woods!



  1. Nice site. There

    Comment by Eric Lee — March 15, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  2. nice joe! Looks pretty good for sitting a year! Its amazing to me when i find a year old in the city like that! I found 2 4 points that were over a year old last year. what is that 6 in march now for ya? I doubled up again today, mid 60’s 4 point,12 inch g2, and another 4 point that would score in the 40’s. Crazy thing is its the 7th shed ive picked up in a 200 yard area in that woods. Ive been within 2 feet of it about a dozen times! I was reluctant to hit the spot today because I was sick of the same ground over and over, but i just knew the quantity of bucks I was seein in there, so i gave er a try! Persistence is key, right? Called my dad today, supposed to be 73 in Berlin tomorrow! Should be nice here all week, lets add some to our piles huh?

    Comment by Aaron White — March 15, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  3. Nice going Joe, i found 2 yesterday. I’m up to 8, glad to see your finding antlers too.

    Nice going

    Comment by John Rittle — March 16, 2009 @ 8:34 am

  4. Glad you found the five-point, Joe.

    I hit some woods today that were teeming with deer. The beautiful beasts were all around me, and their sign was underfoot. But where were the antlers??? After two hours, that beautiful sight appeared–a nice four-point, only slightly gnawed by squirrels. Just when patience and hope almost run out, fate seems to intervene. Still, my average is probably 8 or 10 hours per shed. I communicated with a guy on eBay in Saskatchewan who found 15 in an hour. Sometimes life isn’t fair! Cheers…

    Comment by Roger — March 16, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

  5. Cool shed Joe.
    I to found a 5 point yesterday, and it was a year old. That breaks a 18 day dry spell. Missed you at the MN Deer Classic this weekened, was hopeing you would be there.

    Comment by Brian (stanchfield shed freak) — March 17, 2009 @ 7:07 am

  6. Hey Joe, congrats on some great finds. Glad to hear that your radio show went well. Cell phones, a blessing and a curse, complete…in a hand held package. Your entries make me feel like taking a short walk before work tonight when I should be sleeping. In fact, that’s what I’m going to do when I’m done with this. I’d like to take one buzz around a hot spot before I begin my so long and tiresome journey to southern IL, tomorrow morning. The girls at work think I’m crazy to go that far for sheds, but they don’t understand. They commented that it would be like going out there to pick up rocks. Ouch! (IL probably has rocks that we don’t have here in PA, but I didn’t say anything.) For me, it is worth it even though I’ll only be there for 2 or 3 days, this time. I love IL and any excuse to go, I’m gonna use it. I dream of living out there, someday. Sorry about the girl you like. Maybe, things will work out with her, sooner or later. Until then, just hunt. That’s what I do. I’m so excited about my trip that I’ll probably burn myself out before I get to OH. Thank goodness, I discovered Starbucks last year. I must have been living like a cave girl, before I met up with those white chocolate mocha espressos. Keep on looking for those antlers ok.

    Comment by Bethe — March 17, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

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