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Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Shed Dogs and Antlers Yield Solid Deer Management Insights

    Deer hunting is now over in most of the country and shed hunting season is the next place us crazy deer hunters and land managers are turning our attention!  Well, using a shed dog to find antlers can be a valuable tool in managing your properties for monster bucks!  Shed dog training is wildly growing in popularity for tons of reasons but the management insight it adds is invaluable!  Not to mention is tons of fun and get you out of the cabin when there is not much else going on in the woods.

    Solid Shed Antler Proof:

    It is undeniable proof that if you find a shed antler of a buck, it has lived through the toughest part of the winter and you should have a chance to hunt it next year.  There is no better proof that the monster you have gotten so close to has actually made it through the hunting season….the neighbors didn’t kill him….it didn’t get hit by a truck…he didn’t die of old age or some other type of dieses.  HE IS ALVIE!!!

    Shed Antlers Are Proof of Travel, Feeding, and Bedding Areas:

    Finding an antler in an area is undeniably a please that deer has traveled and will most likely continue to travel.  Assuming there was no pressure that made that deer travel to that area, then it is fair to assume the place you found the antler is part of that monster’s home range.  It is very likely that you will also be able to tell what type of area it is for that deer based on your knowledge of deer in the area or possible even in conjunction with trail cam videos.  Depending on where you find the antler the area could be a bedding area, feeding area, or a travel corridor.

    Shed Antlers Help Score Deer:

    It is hard to score deer on hoof or by trail camera…now many people claim they can, and granted some are very good at it, but one thing no one can argue with is proof.  Antlers provide hard tangible evidence that your approximate score of that animal was within the range of accurate.  And if you are lucky enough to find a match set of that deer then you are even closer to the promise land of establishing a realistic gross Boone and Crockett score of that Deer.

    More Antlers More Deer Herd Management Info:

    All of these advantages of having the antlers provide management insights with or without a shed dog but what a shed dog does is allows you to collect a much larger data sample…which is just more shed antlers in this case.  Shed dogs keen noes allow them to find antlers that humans eyes would certainly have walked right by in the woods.  The extra antlers you will find with using a trained shed dog in conjunction with other management tools (such as trail cameras and surveys) will yield you a much better holistic view of the deer herd you have on your property or wherever you hunt!  So if you have not looked into training a dog to find deer shed antlers, now is the time!

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