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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Huge Whitetail Buck

huge whitetail buck

A deer hunter can put the odds in his favor by using a trail camera to pattern a buck.

I received  a picture this morning of a huge whitetail buck that would get any deer hunter fired up! I got a text this morning that was a trail camera picture of a huge whitetail buck and couldn’t believe my eyes. I bet they were happy to see this trail camera picture. This is one big whitetail buck.

crazy deer

This huge whitetail buck was caught on a trail camera on a 4000 acre farm in Missouri on a farm that is under QDM.

I don’t know what he will score but it has to be well over 200 inches.

Huge Whitetail Buck

Fellow Pro-Staff member Brad sent it to me and at first I thought it wasn’t real. He said this huge whitetail buck is on a 4,000 acre farm in Missouri that is under QDM. I’d say the QDM is working well for this farm. I am a member of the QDMA and if you would like to learn more you can click Quality Deer Management Association. I’d probably flat-line if this big boy came within bow range deer hunting. What do you think this stud will score? He has to be mid 200’s at least. I am amazed at some of the bruisers that are caught on game cameras every year. I’d like to be on the stand when this monster came by.

Well deer season opens here in Kansas on this coming Monday and I am pumped. Hopefully this year will be the one I put the smack down on one of these big Kansas studs. I am still searching for my first Pope & Young and I know there are quite a few of them roaming around here in Kansas. Has the season started where you are? I hope you all have a wonderful season.