Hey all, I am new to shed hunting so I had a couple questions. What dates should we be out looking? I am itching to get out and see if I can find any. Another question. Will the extreme cold temperature changes as well with the drought force them to shed early. I haven’t been out to the property since middle of december. I am debating on when to go as it is a little bit of a drive. Just some suggestions would help. Thanks!
Upstate NY here. With the snow on the ground here, you’d be hard pressed to find anything. Obviously some have dropped, but I saw 5 bucks last week, all with a full set. I’d lean towards the end of March depending on the snow cover.
Hey there. A lot of the timing does depend on where you are north and south on the map. Canadian whitetails have probably mostly dropped, where as texas deer will hold into April. Here in Pennsylvania we don’t have much for food sources and we’ve had a rough winter so in most areas deer are shedding as we speak. Tons of photos to show it nearly 40-50%, i have also found a small 4pt shed. Midwest states usually have 90% on at the beginning of February and 90% gone by the end. The next couple of week will be the time to get started. At least to find where the deer have been wintering so you can narrow your search come the end of February. Goodluck, happy shedding!
There are many factors that affect when they will start shedding their head gear with health being a major factor for dropping early. I have seen bucks shed anywhere from December through April. I keep trail cams out to watch for them to start dropping. I just picked up a matched set in a bed last Monday. My last trail cam pics of him were in late December with head gear. It seems a little early, but as I said many factors weigh into when they start dropping. The majority still seem to be holding around here (Southeastern Indiana). Just gotta find where they are spending most of their time. In my experience, I have found few along trails. The majority of my finds have been in bedding areas and the edges of food sources. But, they will fall anywhere and anytime when they are ready to come off! Good luck!
Thank you all. I know it is a little early, but like many our crops got beat up pretty hard by the sub zero temperatures we had as well as the drought. I will give it a little more time. We are supposed to get snow next week, so I plan on getting out and just seeing what trails they seem to be using the most, but not actually shed hunting. We do hunt private property so I am not too concerned of others getting out and finding our sheds, though I understand it happens. Hopefully the end of february most will have shed. After that its on to Turkey season. Thanks again for your help.
I found this while shed hunting a couple of days ago. I live in Eastern KY and have not found any sheds yet, my buddy has found one side shed right by his trail cam in Ohio. So I guess anytime from now on they will be dropping.