Finding The First Sheds of the Year

Cabin fever starts to set in this time of year and nothing seems to cure it better than shed hunting. I would say approximately 20-30% of bucks in the Pike/Calhoun area have dropped at least one side with a few that have already shed both antlers. But don’t rush, if your limited to small acreages of shed hunting, the worst thing you can do is go in to early and disturb a buck feeding pattern and bump him onto neighboring property.

It’s best to stay out of the main bedding areas during this time. Looking around the field edges and waterways near a hot food source is your best bet. Since it’s the early stages of shed season with a low number of bucks that have dropped, the more ground you cover the more likely you’ll find more sheds.

Focusing on food sources is key to finding the first sheds of the season. This is a great time to glass, especially if there is snow on the ground. Deer stick out and tend to herd up this time of year. It’s not hard to tell driving around what the deer are hitting on. Grain crops like cut corn or soybeans seem to the preferred source at this time of year.

With no snow forecasted in the near future, it may be best just to wait just a little later. The last thing you want to do is run a good buck off your farm and have him shed his antlers where don’t have access.



Whitetail Guide
Zach Jumps


Last Updated: January 20th, 2017

4 thoughts on “Finding The First Sheds of the Year

  1. Me and my wife are avid shed hunters and is a hobby we both enjoy. Are there areas outside of the 950 acres of atv trail that are available for looking for antlers? We are looking at coming over sometime in the next 3 weeks. Thank you.

    1. Josh, Currently all the shed hunting is done on the main lodge property and the ATV park. No other properties are available for shed hunting.

  2. Me and my girlfriend are staying at the lodge at the end of December and we love the outdoors and we both love to shed hunt and its never too early to start looking! i was wondering if you guys have only certain areas that we can look on the property for sheds?

    1. Hi Tim,
      At that time the entire State ATV Park will be open to shed hunting. Looking forward to having you guys come stay with us! Thanks

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