When should I start looking for sheds?

By Grant Woods,

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I was wondering if warmer temperatures this year will affect when the deer shed their antlers and if so when should I start looking for deer sheds?


The warmer temperatures may impact when bucks shed in some areas.  If the temperatures are too warm it’s stressful on deer.  Deer don’t have sweat glands and it can be hard for them to lose body heat.  Bucks tend to shed earlier than normal when they are stressed.  When a buck’s testosterone level drops below a certain level bucks shed and stress can cause a substantial reduction in testosterone.

Most bucks at The Proving Grounds are still holding antlers!   

Enjoy creation,


January 25, 2016