Hunting shed antlers is a favorite activity among sportsmen, which is why so many Utahns and Wyomingites partake in this activity.
While it is becoming more popular, the sport of shed hunting actually goes back to prehistoric times and cave dwellers. If you are unfamiliar with shed hunting, it is the pursuit of searching for antler-bearing mammals, such as deer, moose, and elk, that have naturally fallen off after the rut in late winter, near February and March. It also helps hunters keep an inventory of elusive bucks that made it through the hunting season. With shed hunting season fast approaching, we’re taking a deep dive into the sport.
Continue reading to learn more.
When is the Best Time to Hunt for Shed Antlers?
Most mammals, specifically whitetails, begin to drop their antlers close to the beginning of the year; however, most drop theirs in February and March. It’s important to note that harsh winter and other conditions can cause deer and other mammals stress that can cause them to drop their antlers earlier. It’s safe to say, by the first of April, nearly all bucks will have dropped their antlers.
Planning when to go shed hunting can be a bit tricky. You don’t want to go too early because you might push these massive animals out of their refuge, but you don’t want to go too late and miss out on all the action. Wildlife agencies in several states have implemented a shed antler season and shed hunting regulations to help minimize the stress on wildlife. As you plan your excursions, keep the wildlife in mind. If you do encounter wildlife of any kind during your outing, make sure to give them plenty of space, enough that they won’t even sense your presence.
Look ahead to warmer spring days and plan your trips then. Long-persistent snow can keep you from heading to the hills for shed hunting; however, it also means deer make their way further down the mountains and into yards and human-inhabited areas, making shed hunting a bit easier. The first big melt in February, early March, once it has rained, can reveal previously hidden sheds and maybe a great time to go.
Reasons to Go Shed Hunting
There are many reasons why an outdoorsman hunts for shed antlers, including:
- The hunt itself is enjoyable, and finding a fresh shed antler or two is rewarding.
- The antlers make for great home and office decor.
- One can gather a lot of valuable information about the mammals who shed their antlers, which can aid in next season’s hunting strategies and plan.
- Shed antlers can be sold for economic gain. Many collectors, furniture and decor artisans and craftsmen, and health specialists are interested in buying the shed antlers you find.
Contact R & K Hunting Company
Hunting for shed antlers is an exciting sport. It is a great way to spend your spring as you wait for your next hunting season and adventure with the experts at R & K Hunting Company.
Our knowledgeable and skilled professionals will give you a once in a lifetime Rocky Mountain hunting experience in Utah or Wyoming. Our expert guides have years of experience and insider tips and tricks that will leave you wanting to come back, season after season! Contact us to book your next hunting trip with R & K Hunting Company today.