The month of February ushers in an important season for deer hunters. It is shed hunting season, the time when bucks drop their antlers. The racks do not lie around for long, though; rodents and small critters soon devour the bony material for the tasty minerals. Still, finding a shed – especially a matched pair – is a treasure for hunter and non-hunter alike; but it means even more for the former.
Winter sheds give some important clues to the deer hunter for next season. It means there is a buck in the area that survived the previous hunt. The location of the shed can reveal a favorite bedding area, feeding area, shelter, or the routes among these sites.
Dogs can help locate sheds and some people even train their dogs to excel at it. For more on shed hunting, and lots of other fishing and hunting topics, go to www.scoutlookweather.com.