7 Quick Tips For Finding Deer Sheds

Want to find more whitetail sheds? Here are 7 quick tips to help you find more shed antlers this spring…

  1. Find the Food

    Food is the name of the game in finding deer antlers.Tips for finding shed deer antlers If you don’t have a quality late season food source you probably won’t find many sheds. Standing beans or corn will always draw deer but standing crops can be hard to find, look for fall planted winter wheat or rye, crops that haven’t been disked under, or cut CRP or pastures are other adequate winter food preferences. A quick lap around the food source should help determine if the deer are hitting it. Check the trails, tracks in the mud or snow, and look for beds around the edges of the fields or drainage ditches.

  2. Find the Sun

    Southern facing exposures are always a good place to check especially if there’s a quality food source nearby. If you’ve experienced a harsh winter with extreme cold and a lot of snow accumulation, Southern exposures will prove to be that much more fruitful in finding deer antlers.

  3. Intensify Your Search

    Before heading to the woods, get on a satellite mapping service like Google Maps or OnX and look at the overlay of the entire property. Mentally mark off the areas you know are least likely to hold deer. Focus your search on the food sources and on the southern exposures closest to the food source.

  4. Stop Wasting Time

    Skip areas that you know deer will not be using. Open cow pastures or chisel plowed fields do not require the same amount of time that a thicker bedding area will take to cover. You can make a game plan to intensify your search ahead of time by eliminating lower quality areas.

  5. Scout

    Scout your sheds like you scout your deer. Driving around and glassing during the late winter months will help tenfold when it comes to finding sheds. Not only will it help determine when to start looking but where. You might notice deer are congregating in a particular area of a wide open ag-field. Again, this will help narrow down the area you’re searching.

  6. Water

    During this time of year deer are feeding primarily on grains and woody browse. Finding sheds near water sources The moisture content is low, and deer will seek out water. Springs and other waterholes that have open water can be great areas to search. Generally, areas around water will have other woody plants and vegetation that deer will browse on this time of year. Cattails and willow thickets around ponds and creeks also provide thermal cover during periods of extreme cold that whitetails will readily seek out.

  7. Cover ALOT of Ground

    The more ground you cover the more sheds you will find. By using an ATV, UTV or even a bike you can really get out and cover some acreage. Riding the edges of open ag-fields and pastures can yield results. Typically, the more ground you cover the more sheds you will find. I average a shed about every 3 miles here in the Mid-West but it may be higher or lower in your area depending on deer density and the amount of habitat one has to cover.

For more tips and tactics on shed hunting, check out the articles below..
Finding The Other Side
What A Mild Winter Means For Shed Hunters
Late Season Shed Hunting
Whitetail Deer Shed Antler Hunting


Have questions about a whitetail hunt at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge? Give me a ring at 217-982-4039 or E-Mail at Zach@HeartlandLodge.com.

Zach Jumps

Last Updated: January 26th, 2024

6 thoughts on “7 Quick Tips For Finding Deer Sheds

  1. Hi
    My name is Jacob I live in Michigan and there are some nice bucks where I am but I just can’t seem to find any antlers. And I only look on public land but none else looks where I look because it is in a neighborhood but for the first time I got permission on a farm in the country are there any tips I need to stay mentally focused because I am always thinking about finding sheds but I never do.

  2. Hey, I live in Georgia in a small neighborhood and I look for sheds all the time when it comes to the deer dropping the antkers and I walk about 4 miles but can`t find any. but we have a bunch of deer but they come through for food and leave we have about 4, 8 points 1, 14 pointer with 8-inch drop tines. and a bunch of smaller deer any tips you can give?

    1. Hi Brody, thanks for reaching out. I would try finding the thickest cover next to known food sources and grid search those areas. Focus on Southern exposures and areas with quality woody browse that bucks will focus on during the day. Keep putting the miles on! Good luck!

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