Shed Antlers Tell a Secret


As thousands of turkey hunters head for the woods, there’s a bonus opportunity waiting in the leaves- shed antlers. Because deer are creatures of habit, that calcium deposit may be a clue to unknown or overlooked deer behavior and reveal a special opportunity next fall. Pat Reeves makes a science of antler hunting and explains the where, when and how of antler retrieval in this Robinson Outdoors post


SD Spring Turkey 2012 134The gently flowing creek was as cold as it was clear. I’ll never forget setting my eyes on that beautiful 3 point whitetail shed resting on the smooth gravel bar. I was touching something no human hand has ever touched before. I was six years old and my buddy and I were out searching for shed antlers. Looking back, I now realize we were shed hunting pioneers! I’m reminded of that day every time I pass my china cabinet in our home where the shed proudly rests.

Some people collect antiques, others garden, I shed hunt. Shed hunting is not just my hobby, it is my passion. I like the way I feel connected to the animal when I find its shed. I enjoy knowing that when I find a big shed I’m creating another chapter in a story that is still open; the story of that buck’s life…

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.