Shed Hunting Tips Shed hunting can be as much fun as hunting the deer themselves for many of us. It is an activity for the whole family to partake in, and great exercise after being cooped up through the late winter months. The beneficial aspect of shed hunting for deer hunters is discovering which bucks on your hit list may have made it through the winter. It also reveals which deer may be new, up and coming members to the hit list. Shed hunting is a great way to keep a personal tab on your bucks and here are a few ways that you can improve your shed hunting success. 1). Not Too Early Although the shed hunting bug may be biting, refrain from going out too early. Going out too early may force un-shed bucks from your property onto another property where they run the chance of shedding their antlers there. 2). Trail Cameras Trail cameras can be a great tool late season for those that have the time to use them. Trail cameras should be placed in areas of high deer activity and they may reveal when bucks have shed their antlers or if they are still holding on to them. 3). Train Your Eyes A great tool for training your eyes to pick out antlers is to take a couple into the woods with you, close your eyes and toss them randomly. Open your eyes and see how quickly you can pick them out. 4). Pack and Rope Bringing a backpack and a short piece of rope along is a great idea. Not only can you pack in a lunch, binoculars and refreshments, but the pack and rope will aid in carrying out a bounty of horn if you manage to find a bunch. 5). Check Southern Exposures Often southern exposures are the first to warm up and are a favorite place for deer to bed and hang out. Southern exposures and hillsides are the first place I look when shed hunting. 6). Evergreens Stands of evergreens and cedars are classic bedding and loafing areas for deer throughout the winter months. This can be a treasure trove of antlers in some instances. 7). Foodplots and Feeding Areas We all know that foodplots and feeding areas attract and hold deer constantly through the winter months. Keep a sharp eye on these areas as they may hold a few sheds. 8). Bedding Areas and Sactuaries Shed hunting is the only time of year where a bedding area or sanctuary should be entered. Often times these areas may be associated with thick cover and stands of cedar or evergreens and make for a great location for finding sheds. 9). Look Where Deer Jump This is pretty self explanatory but check areas where deer may cross a fence or small creek. Sometimes the impact from a buck landing after a jump is enough to break free an antler. 10). More Eye Training Sometimes a shed may be partially covered by snow or debris on the ground. Keep a keen eye out for anything that may look like even the slightest piece of an antler. You never know, that small bald looking twig may be the tip of a monsters shed. 11). Slower Thank You Think If you think you are walking slow enough, walk slower. I always try to designate a good chunk of the day for shed hunting and taking your time will only prove your success. If you have friends and family along, have everyone take their time. The more eyes slowly combing the forest floor, the more sheds will be found. 12). Found a Shed? Grid Out The Immediate Area If you find a shed, there is a good chance that the matching side might not be far away. I’ve often heard that a buck will lose his antlers within 100 yards of each other. If a shed is found, make a grid of the area and thoroughly check the surrounding ground. If there are tracks next to the shed you should follow these tracks as long as possible in order to find the matching set.