How in the world do you find an antler? To a beginning shed hunter, the idea of walking through the woods and finding an antler no doubt seems daunting. But shed hunting is like fishing: you don’t show up at a lake and just start casting blindly if you want to catch a fish. Instead, you look for rocks, weeds, logs or other structure that provide cover for fish. In effect, you’re looking for areas that concentrate fish to up your odds. It’s the same with shed hunting. During the winter and early spring shedding period, bucks and bulls do two basic things: they eat and rest. So naturally, food sources and bedding areas are where you’ll find most sheds. Food sources vary depending on the species and the area. They could be agricultural crops, natural forest browse or even a crab apple tree in an urban setting. This is where scouting and legwork come in. To be successful, you’ll have to spend some time observing animals and following their tracks to see where they spend their time and what they eat. It’s the same with finding bedding areas. Sometimes deer bed in thick brush. Other times they rest in coniferous forests. You might even find them bedding on top of a hill. It all depends on what type of cover is available to them and how harsh the winter weather is. Finding sheds, at the most basic level, boils down to finding a buck’s feeding and bedding areas. Once you’ve located these general areas, you can fine-tune your approach to find the X, so to speak. The biggest thing is to pay attention to the sign around you. It will tell you a lot about how the animals move around. If you’re a careful observer, in time, you’ll get a feel for how deer move across their habitat, which will help you find more sheds. With experience, you’ll learn which trees deer prefer to bed under and even which side they bed under (it’s almost always the south side). It’s this attention to detail that will really help you in your hunt for sheds. There are so many little nuances and intricacies about deer movements and shed location that you could literally fill a book with them. Shed hunting is much more than a blind walk through the woods. Pay attention to details and the sheds will come.
"Shed Hunting: A Guide to Finding White-Tailed Deer Antlers" is the first book dedicated entirely to shed hunting. The 160-page book is an in-depth guide that teaches you how to find naturally shed white-tailed deer antlers. The book is written by Joe Shead, a former managing editor of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine and a passionate shed hunter. Joe has found sheds from Alabama to Saskatchewan and draws on his knowledge of whitetails from both behind the desk and in the field to teach you how to find antlers.