- 1 When should I start looking for deer sheds?
- 2 What time of year do deer shed antlers?
- 3 Where are deer most likely to shed antlers?
- 4 Can you pick up shed antlers?
- 5 Where is the best place to find deer sheds?
- 6 What eats deer antlers?
- 7 Does shedding antlers hurt the deer?
- 8 Do deer antlers get bigger each year?
- 9 Can I give my dog a deer antler I found in the woods?
- 10 Can you find deer antlers in the woods?
- 11 How long do antlers last in the woods?
- 12 Are deer sheds worth money?
- 13 Are antler traps illegal?
- 14 Why do deer lose their antlers?
- 15 Can you sell deer antlers in Kentucky?
When should I start looking for deer sheds?
On most years, between February 15 and March 15 is the best time to start shed hunting. I’d then recommend adjusting your starting point in either direction based on the severity of the winter, available nutrition, and results of your trail camera surveys.
What time of year do deer shed antlers?
In early winter, rutting season ends, and his antlers have done their job. Another change in hormones causes the antlers to drop off one at a time. This can happen as early as December or as late as March, but in our area, it typically occurs around January or February.
Where are deer most likely to shed antlers?
South-Facing Hillsides Whether covered in grass or mixed shrubs and tree cover, the south side of ridges can create dynamite winter bedding areas for bucks. Knowing deer spend so much time snoozing winter away in these spots makes them prime for shed hunting.
Can you pick up shed antlers?
Fortunately, there are no other regulations regarding picking up naturally shed antlers.
Where is the best place to find deer sheds?
Creeks, fences, ditches, roads, and thick overhanging branches are all great places to find sheds hanging around. Often that little jolt or bump is all they need to drop.
What eats deer antlers?
Rodents in particular love shed antlers – mice, squirrels, and porcupines will gnaw on antlers for their nutrients and to wear down their ever growing teeth. Even bears, foxes, opossums and otters have been known to eat antlers.
Does shedding antlers hurt the deer?
Deer’s antlers are honeycombed bone tissue. When the rut is ending the buck’s testosterone goes way down, which makes the antler tissue break up. It takes a few weeks for the tissue to break up, and then the antlers shed. This does not cause the deer any pain.
Do deer antlers get bigger each year?
Deer grow and shed antlers every year, requiring large amounts of nutrients and energy. Antler growth depends on an individual deer’s access to quality nutrition, age and genetics. However, factors such as date of birth and condition of the mother can affect antler development.
Can I give my dog a deer antler I found in the woods?
Overall, antlers are safe chews for your dog to enjoy with proper supervision. They are a cruelty-free and sustainable chew that will last your dog a long time. Elk and deer antlers are rich in protein and a natural source of many different nutrients for healthy dogs.
Can you find deer antlers in the woods?
Just walking around in the woods trying to find shed deer antlers is a low-percentage deal. Concentrate your efforts in these five areas to up your odds of owning more bone. The link between where you are likely to find a buck’s shed antlers and where you are likely to shoot that buck in the fall is way overrated.
How long do antlers last in the woods?
Mule deer, whitetail deer and other ungulates shed their antlers once a year. It can take as little as 24-48 hours for the antlers to actually fall off, but the shedding process takes between two to three weeks and then new antlers will regenerate throughout the summer.
Are deer sheds worth money?
Deer antler sets scoring over 180″ can usually be sold for a decent amount. A 180” set is worth approximately $150 to $200 depending on the look and characteristics of the set.
Are antler traps illegal?
It’s Illegal in Some States There are a few states – Virginia and Kentucky are two of them – that have outlawed antler traps. Meanwhile let the bucks drop their antlers when it’s time, and enjoy all the benefits of getting outdoors and searching for them. Good luck shed hunting this season!
Why do deer lose their antlers?
All deer species shed their antlers in winter, after a sustained drop in testosterone ends their life cycle. At that stage, antlers are soft to the touch and easily damaged. Antlers harden in late summer and then shed their velvet once they quit growing. The velvet dries and falls away when its blood supply ends.
Can you sell deer antlers in Kentucky?
Sale of Mounted Wildlife Registration Effective January 3, 2014, and pursuant to 301 KAR 4:095, any person or entity may sell a mounted wildlife specimen in Kentucky, except as prohibited by federal law.