Gone Shed Hunting

I can’t believe it is March and it’s time to go shed hunting.

Shed Hunting

I will be looking for this big bucks antlers when I go shed hunting.

I am going out tomorrow shed hunting on two close by deer hunting properties to see if I can find some bone.¬† I would love to find the big bucks sheds that I missed with my bow at 35 yards and got it all on film to enjoy over and over and over. He may have won that battle but I’m not giving up on him just yet. I am more determined than ever to get him and if I can find his sheds that might help me figure him out and get him in my freezer and on my wall. His nickname is mulie because his G-2s fork and look like a mule deer. Not to mention that joker is absolutely huge as a mule. Talk about a big bodied whitetail I bet he is pushing 300 pounds. I’m hoping he is still in the area although I haven’t gotten a single trail camera picture of him since the day I missed him with my bow. They cut the corn about the same day I missed him and I don’t know if that’s why he left the area or if there was a hot doe that brought him into the area and once she went out he left. Or if I just scared him out. Either way I’ll be looking forward to looking for his sheds when I get out shed hunting tomorrow and trying to get after him with my bow when it’s time to go deer hunting.

eight pointer found shed hunting

This whitetail buck showed up a lot during bow season.

On the property I hunt behind my house I am really looking forward to walking it and see if a certain buck made it through another deer hunting season. He was close to being on my hit list but just wasn’t quite what I was after. I saw him from the stand once during early bow season but it was just for a split second. I was praying he would make it through the season because he had a lot of potential he just needed to get another year under his belt but I’m not so sure he made it. The neighbors shot and wounded a buck and couldn’t find him. I didn’t get to talk to them but I didn’t get another trail camera picture of the buck I was hoping would make it through to next season so I think it might have been him. Either way it will be fun to get out and see what I can find. There is some public land that I hunt that is about an hour from where I live that I want to go walk and see what kind of bone I can find. I saw a really nice buck there during the rut this year and there are a lot of big bucks on it so I need to get out and walk it. If you get the chance to get out and look for some antlers do it, it is a lot of fun and addicting.

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Shed Hunting Preparing Hotspots

When you are out shed hunting it is a good time to do a little post season scouting as well.

Now is the time of year to get out and start shed hunting. The big bucks should be dropping their antlers very soon if they haven’t already. I haven’t been able to get out shed hunting yet but plan on it soon. Getting out shed hunting is fun and a great time to do some post season scouting.

Shed Hunting

I like to look for old rub lines,scrapes, feeding and bedding areas. A great place to start looking for antlers on your deer hunting property is feeding areas and trails leading to and from bedding areas and feeding areas. Finding a big antler or antlers is awesome and if you can harvest one of the big bucks that you have found his antlers is really cool. I would like to get a monster mounted with his sheds on the plaque that would be awesome. So get out and find some bone it is good exercise and a great way to scout and pattern a big buck.

Also March is a great time to start getting ready for next years deer hunting.

Preparing Hunting Property

antlers found shed hunting

Start early to improve your odds at getting a whitetail buck like this one on your deer hunting property.

There are some things that you can do now to improve your deer hunting property for the upcoming season. You can fertilize fruit trees or oak trees and honeysuckle. You can put out mineral salt and blocks. To establish a good mineral/salt lick area dig a hole about 36″ in diameter and about 18″ deep. Mix a 25 lb bag of mineral/salt mixture and an equal amount of soil and rake into the hole and then put a mineral block on top of it. You can also plant cool season reseeding annual and/or perennial mixtures for whitetails. Now is also the time of year to control burn. You can also fertilize existing food plots. You can even cut shooting lanes for you stands. I am already looking forward to a successful upcoming season and I am going to start getting ready for it now. I am going to get 3 25lb bags of salt/minerals and some mineral/salt blocks to go ahead and put out. I’ going to do some shed hunting and post season scouting while I’m at it. I’m going to check my trail cameras regularly that I have out all season.¬† I also plan on planting some food plots this year. I am already pumped to get after some monster whitetails this year. I plan on being more prepared this year than I have been in a long time. I have hunted in Kansas two years now and this past season was a lot better than the first season I hunted here. I came so close to getting a huge whitetail this year and I am more determined than ever to make it happen.

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Sun Goes Down Deer Hunting

Sun Goes Down Deer Hunting

The sun goes down deer hunting Kansas.

Well another sun goes down deer hunting season has come and gone here in Kansas. With the exception of an extended archery season antler-less only in unit 19. I am still going to try to tag a doe to put in the freezer.

The Sun Goes Down Deer Hunting

nice buck feeding at night

A buck feeding at night.

How about where you hunt? Did you have a good year of deer hunting? Where you able to harvest any whitetails? I am already starting to get ready for next season. I am feeding the whitetails behind my house corn. It has been very cold here in Kansas this year and with all the crops being harvested the whitetails are going to have to be strong to survive this harsh winter. I have already gotten trail camera pictures of a buck that has shed his antlers. I guess it’s time to get out and do some shed hunting. The cold weather and weight loss from the rut can cause the bucks to shed their antlers sooner than normal. Last winter was really tough on the deer and there several of my friends actually found several bucks while shed hunting that had apparently lost too much weight during the rut and couldn’t put the weight back on to survive the frigid weather.

This buck probably didn’t make it through the harsh winter because of lack of food. It was found on a shed hunting trip.

And I would be willing to bet there will be more bucks found while shed hunting that don’t survive this winter. I am ready to get out and do some post season scouting also. Just yesterday I was out behind my house and I found a very nice rub that wasn’t there the last time I was there during the season. I love getting out and looking for antlers and looking for whitetail sign. I need the exercise to get that extra weight I gained during the holidays and what better way to do it out in the fresh air in Gods country. I’m gonna take my boys with me I’ll bet they find more sheds than I do. If you go take a child or a friend with you deer hunting. You will make memories that will last a lifetime.