Shed hunting with a camera, by Randy Baker
If you love hunting Whitetail, then you have experienced the long, drawn out period between the end of the deer season and the start of the new season. You’ve probably also found yourself staring out the window on a Saturday morning reliving the last hunting season and that mature 10-point that slipped past you, wondering if that giant made it through the season (like I’m doing right now). A few years back to pass some of that time, I started shed hunting with a camera while preparing myself for the upcoming season.
Shed hunting with a camera gives me an inventory
I love to look for sheds. I want to know which bucks survived the hunting season and the cold, snowy Minnesota winter…kind of an inventory of the bucks that are in the area. I have found the best time to start looking for antlers is in February. I know that bucks shed their antlers at different times: some will drop in December; some January…I have even seen bucks carrying their racks into April. Here is the dilemma…do you go traipsing through your hunting area every week and take a chance at spooking everything into the neighbors property, just so they can drop their antlers where you are not able to find them? Or maybe you think you waited long enough to go in and look, but are always finding just one side that was dropped and never the other. Maybe you have even seen that buck bounding into the neighboring property still carrying the other side, after which you kick yourself for not waiting one more week.
Shed hunting with a camera keeps you from spooking deer
I have learned through the years that deer that are generally not pressured this time of year do not travel far, and when they drop their antlers they
generally will drop them within a 200-300 yard radius of each other…most often even closer than that.
I wanted to decrease the chance of the deer dropping in an area other than where I wanted, so I started using shed hunting with a camera. I put them out in spots where I feel the deer will frequent the most. I then check them every 2 or 3 weeks in early shedding season, and even more frequently as the shedding season progresses. Once the majority of the pictures are of shed bucks, I will get more aggressive in my search for those antlers. I have discovered that I am finding more sheds each year, and getting pictures of deer that I didn’t even know were there. All thanks to shed hunting with a camera.