published January 27, 2010 by Ben Adams

Antler Shed Hunting Tips

It’s tough for me to get out into the woods and deer hunt this time of year. It’s been a long, hard 5 months or so of hunting: scouting since the summer, bow hunting since October, muzzleloading and rifle hunting in November and December.

Not to mention weeks of duck season, which now even it is on its last leg. Unfortunately, the next hunting season I get excited about isn’t until April. But maybe most deterring is the fact that by the time the last weeks of bow season roll around, there are probably more antlers on top of the leaves than on the top of deer heads.

Of course, that isn’t to say all deer have already lost their antlers (shedding occurs at various times over several weeks), but knowing the monster buck in your area could potentially look more like “Bambi” than “Ol’ Mossy Horns” does take some of the excitement (and motivation) out of getting up early and climbing into your stand..

However, I still like to be in the woods when possible, and there is still one kind of hunting that tides me over until turkey season: deer antler shed hunting.

While your story of finding that giant antler shed may not be quite as exciting as your tale about tagging a monster B&C, deer antler shed hunting can be an exciting experience in its own right, and it offers a lot of insight leading into next year’s Arkansas deer hunting season.

Come inside the Arkansas Hunting Forum to discover facts and antler shed hunting tips, as well as find out how antler shed hunting can increase your overall hunting success next season.

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ron haines

Could anyone please tell me the mussel loading season for 2010.
I am trying to pick a vacation week and dont want to mess up


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