With April just about here, the prime time of shed season is starting to wrap up for most whitetail hunters across the country. Looking back on the last couple months, myself and the Wired To Hunt team have been pretty successful. Shed hunting across Michigan and Iowa we found a decent number of antlers and some big ones to boot!

That being said, I always like to try and learn something from each antler that I or a friend find. An easy way to do that is to just take a second to examine how the shed laid when you found it. I’ll sometimes just take a minute to check each antler out from different angles and distances. Practicing looking for sheds in this way can help you spot sheds in the future, by helping you focus on the little things. A white glimmer above the leaves, the tip of a tine poking above a log. Very rarely will you spot a huge antler just sitting there, rather you’ve got to be looking for a piece of antler or just a tine.

So with that in mind, I thought I’d share some pictures of sheds we found this spring as they lay. Take a look at how they lay, and think about how you might have spotted them. Maybe this will be able to help you just a bit next spring – and if not, at least you get to check out some nice antlers!

The shed at the very top of this post was found in the bottom of a valley, near a creek. While this shed just above was found on a south facing slope – in a perfect little bedding area.

This shed was found on a south facing slope as well, in a grassy area which surely caught a lot of sun on those cool late winter/early spring days. Again – a nice bedding area.

This great match set was found partially buried under dirt in a grassy section bordering a corn field. Here you’ve got a perfect combination of a food source, and nearby bedding. These types of areas can be shed hot spots.

I found this shed in a fresh bed, deep in a block of timber.

Here is a great example of shed that would never be found if you were looking for a full antler – in this case just the pedicle was showing!

The next two sheds were found in or near bedding areas as well – no big surprise, as these bedding areas are frequent shed dump zones!