Shed Hunting Illinois 2020 Update

Shed hunting in illinois 2019The 2020 shed hunting season is here in Illinois and thousands of antlers have hit the ground! Although we have had a half-hearted winter so far here in West-Central Illinois, it seems we have experienced an earlier shedding than typical in our area. The majority of bucks in our area have shed both sides of their antlers. Every year it seems that there are a few stragglers that hold on later than the rest. A few years ago, I was guiding turkey hunts in early April and a 2 1/2 year old buck walked by with both sides still on!

The extended forecast looks great for shed hunters as the weather looks to remain mild and no chances of snow are forecasted. The last few days have been in the 50’s here, yesterday I had my first tick on me of the season! With the milder winter, unfortunately, we might see an increase in tick numbers this March while your shed hunting!

2020 Shed Hunting Illinois/ March Update

I would say approximately 80-85% of bucks in the Pike/Calhoun Counties have shed both sides of their racks. Driving around and glassing in the evenings, I’ve noticed whitetails are still hitting harvested corn and bean fields routinely. I have seen an uptick in deer feeding in pastures and alfalfa fields as the warm March sun starts to slowly green things back up!

It’s an all out blitz now and no shed left behind! With the majority of bucks already shed, I wouldn’t be afraid to start searching deep in the timber and in known bedding areas and try to beat the squirrels to them! I found my first shed this year that the squirrels had already mangled just a few days ago in the timber. With it being a milder winter, don’t overlook Northern slopes and areas that may not have been proved to be successful in years past as deer might not have been as congregated closer to your more traditional winter food sources. Good luck!

2019 shed hunting season in illinois

For more tips and tactics on shed hunting check out our shed hunting blogs- What a Hard Winter Means For Shed Hunters, Finding Match Sets, What a Mild Winter Means for Shed Hunters.

Zach Jumps
Zach@HeartlandLodge.com

Last Updated: March 3rd, 2020

8 thoughts on “Shed Hunting Illinois 2020 Update

    1. Awesome David, it seems like they are really starting to shed in our area, looking forward to what the next few weeks will have in store! Good luck!

    1. Hi Josh, check out our other shed hunting blogs by clicking on the links at the bottom of this article. We have several on tips to help you out! Thanks.

  1. Been looking every weekend in Ogle county haven’t found one shed! Lots of deer sign and many bucks on this farm.. don’t get it??

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