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When and Where to Look for Shed Antlers

Shed Hunting Tips│ the Best Time and Place to Look for Antlers

Whitetail deer hunters look forward to opening day of deer season more than any other day of the year. Subsequently, the last day of the season seems to be the worst day of the year. So what do you do when the season comes to an end? For those that enjoy putting big deer on their walls, staying out in the deer woods is a good choice and shed hunting is the name of the game!

When and Where to Look for Shed Antlers | Head Hunters TVLooking for shed antlers is not only a great way to spend time in the whitetail deer woods as well as keep logging miles on your gear long after the close of the season, but it can also provide you valuable information as it relates to your deer herd. Understanding what bucks made it through the hunting season as well as the areas they are frequenting can help you put a big whitetail buck on your wall come deer season the following year. Here are a few tips that can help you locate shed antlers on the properties you hunt.

When

Whitetail bucks can begin dropping their antlers as early as December/early January and can hold on to them as long as April in some cases. A testosterone level change as a result of the photoperiod along with a change in nutritional needs can trigger antler drop. A great time to begin looking for shed antlers is sometime between February and March. This will obviously change depending on which part of the country you are in and the conditions at the time.

Where

Shed hunting season | Head Hunters TVHere are a few areas to key in on when it becomes time to start looking for shed antlers. During the late winter months, food is very important to a whitetail. Food sources are a great place to start looking for shed antlers during the late winter and early spring months. Grain fields and Evolved Harvest food plots are places that whitetail deer will spend a lot of time and can provide you a great opportunity to find an antler or two. Bedding areas are another excellent place to begin looking deer antlers. Focus in on known bedding areas as well as cover such as warm season grasses, and southwest facing hill sides. These areas can provide you a great chance to find an antler. Travel areas, and heavily used trails are sometimes hit or miss but can help you find a shed or two. Pay close attention to areas where deer have to cross a structure like a creek or a fence. A lot of the time, an antler will be jarred loose by the action of cross the object and can be lying nearby.

To see success from shed hunting requires more than a one-time investment. It can require several trips to the field and several miles logged, but if you put in the time you will be sure to reap the benefits the following season! Grab your GamePlan Gear pack, expect to find sheds, and start accumulating your pile!

Selecting the Right Buck to Kill | Head Hunters TV

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Antlers vs. Age │ Selecting the Right Buck to Kill

When it comes to deer hunting and herd management, there are multiple philosophies that exist that would result in having and holding larger, more mature deer. Regardless of your preference, having and holding larger whitetail bucks is every deer hunter’s goal. This article will take a look at the two factors that will influence a deer hunter to pull the trigger, age and antler size.

If you ask any deer hunter what they hope to encounter each season, they would probably tell you “a big buck”. It would be less likely that you hear them say “a mature deer” or “an old deer”. The point is that most hunters look for big antlers. While a 170” whitetail typically fill the dreams of every deer hunter at some point or another, allowing a buck to reach that size takes dedication and hard work with the implementation of deer management techniques that will require some self-discipline.

When it comes to deer hunting, looking at the size of a whitetails rack is something that even the most seasoned hunter can get caught up in at one point or another. Of course, harvesting a 120 to 130” whitetail can be a trophy to most deer hunters, the old saying “you’ll never shoot a big one if you keep shooting the small ones” holds true. Growing big mature whitetail deer really comes down to habitat, genetics, and competition which is more than can be covered in this article. However, there are few things that a deer hunter can do to help better balance the herd and to produce large whitetails.

Managing and harvesting deer based upon age, rather than by looking at the size of the rack, can yield better long term success. Allowing a 3.5 year old buck to reach 4.5 or even 5.5 years of life can make a big difference in the quality of your herd. Pulling the trigger whole deer hunting on a young buck that has yet to reach its full potential can be very tempting when the going gets tough. But, by selecting an older deer to harvest you allow every buck to reach its maximum. A buck tends to peak in antler growth around 5.5-6.5 years of age, and begin decreasing in antler growth after 6.5. This means that the rack of an older, more mature whitetail buck may not be as spectacular that as of a 5.5 year old deer, however, when given the choice between harvesting a 140” 3.5 year old or 130” 6.5 year old, the latter is always the better decision.

Successful deer hunters are those that put in the time to prepare, scout, and utilize the best equipment available to them. Take the time to sort through your Wildgame Innovations Trail Camera pictures and find the most mature buck to target. Plant your Evolved Harvest food plots based on his movements. Scout your food plots often, check your cameras, and when it comes time to hunt be sure to pass on every young buck. Waiting for the most mature buck ensures younger bucks are moving up in age classes. If you practice these tactics while deer hunting, along with a little patients, you might just be pleased with the results.