It has been a great shed season for Minnesota shed hunters this year. In South Central Minnesota, the snow cover was gone quick enough to allow me to start shed hunting in mid-February. I started finding sheds the last week of February and April 1st marks my most successful shed hunt day for me so far this year. On that day, I was able to pick up a shed from a buck I have been hunting on camera and during bow hunting season. Even though this is last year's shed from this monster of my woods, it was the match to the left side antler that I found during the 2014 spring shed season. This right side was found in great condition with one small chew that appears to have happened early this year.
Here is last year's shed and this year's find:
These sheds are from the deer that I named Five and Dime and that I also wrote a blog post about. I only saw him one time while in the tree stand during last bow-hunting season and he never came closer than within 50 yards of my stand. Like most giant deer, he seemed to have a sixth sense. At 50 yards he stopped, checked the thermals and then, turned and calmly walked away the same way he came in. So close, but yet so far away.
My 2015 Shed Season bad news is that I turned my ankle recently and have temporarily had to set aside my shed hunting boots until I am healed and able to get back out in the woodlots and fields where I will be hunting for those next shed antlers that are just around the bend. Check out our photo gallery page to see more of my shed antler finds and those that others have found.
Enjoy our woodland treasures and take care of our natural resources.
Jim, Your shed antler guy