By Mark Kenyon
Want to find more shed antlers this year than ever before? Well you’re in luck because we’ve got a simple exercise today that will help you accomplish that very goal.
A huge part of shed hunting success is simply being able to spot an antler in the midst of all the clutter that is a forest floor or open field. Leaves, branches, corn stubble, bean stalks, dead grass – all of these materials and more lead to a shed antler seeming almost like a proverbial needle in a haystack. That said, learning to see these hidden antlers is a process that takes time and experience, just like developing an eye for spotting deer while hunting.
Of course, the best way to develop this eye for sheds is to simply get out in the woods and find a bunch of antlers. But that’s easier said than done. The next best option though is to train via photograph and that’s exactly what we’re recommending today.
Below, we have 40 photographs of shed antlers as they lay in the field after being dropped from a buck. A fanatical shed hunting friend of mine has obsessively photographed every shed he’s found in Iowa, as they lay when he found it, and the result is a terrific resource for anyone hoping to improve their shed hunting success.
To get the most out of this shed hunting tool, take a look at the photos below and pay attention to the following details:
1. In some shots you’ll easily be able to see the shed, in others you’ll need to strain your eye to find the bone. Pay attention to the details of a shed that eventually do stand out to you – a unique shape, a certain curvature, a line, a specific color or glare, etc. These visual patterns are what you’ll want to look for next time you’re actually in the woods.
2. Take note of the types of locations these sheds are found and key in on similar terrain where you hunt.
3. Remember how awesome each of these sheds would be to hold in your hand, and next time you’re getting wore down from hours of hiking with no success, remember that your very own shed might be just around the next corner – so keep at it!
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