Four Essentials of Elk Antler Shed Hunting

Every spring, thousands of outdoor fans arrive in the mountains looking for bull elk antler sheds. Most people spend 2 or 3 seasons each season after spending hours in the forest and mountain breeding. Since the early 1990's, I lived in the eastern white mountains of Arizona, and I fired every spring. I usually take 30-50 sheds and average every 2 1/2 hours. Here are some tips on how to increase the chances of finding a bivalve chamois.


Mountain weather can be spooky and can be changed with very little notice. When wearing the appropriate outerwear, you must be prepared in advance. First of all, he must wear a very good pair of boots. The terrain is steep and the platform is loose. Hiking shoes will simply not do the job. The hiking boots are better but the best bet is for good leather Gore-Tex boots. I like Danner Boots, comfortable and stable. The next is a traditional jeans blue jeans. He goes through the brush constantly, his legs sliding, kneeling, occasionally slip and fall. Nylon pants run fast enough. For the top layer, the turtleneck t-shirt and the technical nylon or wool top work very well. You want to stay warm but let the sweat be evil. It is also a good idea to wear a bright color on top, especially when hunting with a partner, you must see each other far away. Camo is usually not a good idea. A good baseball hat is essential to keep the sun from your eyes. I wear a long hat hat with my wife's fishing net. This is primarily because you will not wear sunglasses, sunglasses shield the natural environment and can not see wrecks on the floor if they are not old white kittens. Sunglasses make it difficult to use the telescope efficiently.


There are three essential elements that you always have to take with you when you hunt. The first is a good two binoculars. I use a pair of 12x50s that can be bought for around $ 100-150. You also want to buy over the shoulder straps over the bino's ($ 15). These glasses are held to their chest and prevent them from hanging on the rocks and hanging them with the brush. The next is a side lamp if it is allowed in your state. You are hiking in a prime mountain lion country. I have a titanium revolver of the size of 45 and saved my life twice by uploading warning shots over the charging lion. I never killed one. (Maybe a future story?) I just will not go deep into the mountains, without being a side weapon and not allowing hunter's companions to do that either. Finally you will need a 2000-3000 Backpacks with straps that pinch and attach the straps to the back of the package. Preferably, there is also a bladder container having a pungent tube for hydration.

Keep in mind that the points are always full of you, and depending on how much the wreck, the button is up or down … you can try not to let the dots burrow into the bottom or copulate on your head. In this way I can carry 3-4 pens, then in each hand if I find a real honey hole. Your packaging must include: extra shell, extreme weather, radios, travel with several people (essential), headlights, matches, map, GPS (optional) first aid kit, aids such as Leatherman, Sunscreen, Paper, lunch. In some areas, such as the blue pebble, a light climbing heap, a pair of carabiner, a rappel device, and a 100-inch static binding rope I carry to make tricky situations


Now that you have assembled all your outer garments and accessories, it's almost time to get the hunting of the balls. However, to prevent it from migrating from the mountain to the canyon without a goal, you will need a good map in the area. The best of the USGS topo maps are available online – we love to laminate ours. I would also like to use Google Maps and Google Earth. National Forest maps can also be useful for finding ways to access remote areas, but most side roads are not marked. The most important thing is that there is a "search plan" and stick to the plan. The plan must reflect the four essential elements below. Always let someone else know where you are going and when you come back. The kitchen counter on my wife's note usually works for me. You also want a GPS to wear and name the vehicle before you go to a remote area.

When designing the adventure of horned hunting, you have to think of four important elements: Security, Access, Conditions and Terrain. All successful shed hunting will require the presence of all four such presence. If only one essential element is missing, then we will have very little luck to find the lead and probably lurk. All we do is increase the likelihood of finding a deer horn in a given area.


I think the deer antlers are painful before they fall off. There is no scientific evidence that I am aware of my belief in faith, but I firmly believe that this is a true fact. The degree of pain may be different for each bull, less toothache and abscess. The degree of pain may change with age. So, take a minute and consider how you feel personally if you have a toothache, say a root canal. In general, relax as much as possible warm and comfortable, with very little social contact, water and food close to, perhaps hardly anymore than usual. Most of all, you really do not want to worry. You just want to take over and live with your life. My point is that you feel exactly that a bark feels when these great antlers begin to loosen up. They want to be safe and secure.

So where would bullshot be safe and secure? The question is likely to be better asked where they do not feel safe and secure. Well, to be honest, certainly not their girlfriends, the cows. If I see stockpiles and the cattle of fresh cows, I probably can not find a good place to find sheds. The bulls sometimes gather into smaller groups of 4 to 8 when they fall shortly, but most of it is a lonely event when it actually happens. They do not even want to be cold, usually they like to enjoy the warmth and comfort possible. In general, I can not find the northern slopes on the north slopes unless I work on a big mountain with deep backbone backbones … even though the chance is much bigger on sunny slopes. This is very important, but at the same time they tend to avoid thick, thick, misty areas typical of the northern mountains. Do not forget, if you take my faith, these antlers hurt. They do not want to knock against trees and shrubs … it's kind of like catching the toes that you've been jamming. However, the areas may be short and graceful, like an oak forest, around the height of oak 5 & # 39; This allows them to move and carry the antlers over the brush, but will be able to lie down between them to seek protection. The cunning sled hunter probably says, "Yeah, but I found some cars on wide open meadows." My answer would be, "It's safe to travel from the water source and the nutrition area to the safe area". Elk does not get pizza if he's sick. In addition, you typically find only one page on a meadow … they've left the others in the safe area. Finally, one last important point must be made about security – mountain lions. If a bull accompanies you, it's usually not in a place where it is easy to attack. They like to have a good field of vision, which means they often like the mountain. Exceeding the cliff surface to which you can dive is also a place to look for. Think about it when you were young and going to bed, but you have a tooth that is lost, you can not sleep. Your parents came to his bedroom and pulled the loose teeth. I always cried after the door wing and string trick. If a deer apples lie down, and those carnivores who are so injured that they can not sleep, they both knock on where they are going to lie down. The good bull's elk set is almost the best possible solution … next to the winter hat.

Good examples of safe areas for drainage and ridgelines below. Remember, these areas can be quite large, sometimes a square mile.


This is the simplest of the basic elements and the one I see most of the errors. Environmental conditions have a tremendous impact on the place where a bikavic can drop the antler shed. The main condition is the weather, and the other is the season of the year. I will make another bold assumption that is not based on scientific facts, but I know this is true. The shelled lamb does not puddle in the snow. However, they really like the approaching snow, especially the snow line on the mountain. If you can determine where the snow line is on the mountain when the antler falls, he has saved a huge amount of hunting in the wrong places (the most common mistake). Usually, when I find a fresh brown antelope, the first thing I watch is my watch thermometer and I determine the height in which the shed has been picked. (Good reason to carry the GPS too) There is no snow in most of the time where I raised the shed. I'm trying to determine the snow on the mountain at the time of the drop. From this point on, the highest probability is that you will find new sows up to or above 150 where you found the first shed. This means the mountain moves up and down. However, if you find your second shed on the same mountain, you add your knowledge base to further refine the altitude search area. Arizona's Eastern White Mountains and Western Central New Mexico, almost all of my halls are between 8300-9500. Define the average area according to the snow line.

The other half of the equation is the season. Bikavics usually dropped their fleece for 6-8 weeks. In the region, it runs from the beginning of March to the end of April. However, there is always a 10-day period when the majority falls off their antlers. The big donkey first drops their horns. I like a great lamb for a 50 "long beam – usually a 6X, and the average size is the next, about 36" beam, then the small 3X last. Many dead hunters make mistakes to go out too early. Our area is filled with hunting lodges at the beginning of the season, few found. The adventures of the early season are usually on a sunlit backbone with 12×50 binoculars and lunch. I take into account the migration patterns and I have chosen the largest racks.

Try to limit your search a few hundred feet below the snowline, with a zigzag pattern during the season When you actually throw away your agancs.


Access has to be considered an important element as it is a somewhat competitive adventure. If there are many people in the area where you want to hunt, you will probably not be successful. This is a major breach of the basic security element. However, it is important enough to guarantee your own category. We can see bulls in people's populated areas, but they do not really like to leave their rods unless they travel to a safe area. Think about it like this … if an ATV can enter your area, it's not a good place for the showers. Bull Elk does not like ATV engines or diesel engines. They love it safely, comfortably and quietly.

Sometimes I use an ATV to get close to an area I want to hunt. But ATV is typically at least one mile from the target area. You do not want to spoil them if you have not fallen yet. You really have to go on foot, disturb the smallest possible area and leave the bounty. I've witnessed the ruined areas of careless people.

This is a competitive adventure. If there are many people in the neighborhood. Can be picked annually. If access is easy, the masses will be hunted. If access is difficult, you probably have your own private owner. Here is another general rule of thumb when a ranch grazing the cattle area is probably not a good place to hunt hunting huts. The cowboys shoot fence every spring as soon as the snow has passed and they know cattle distribution as their hands. Professionals have been experts for years.

The farther and more inaccessible of any type of vehicle, including the horses, the more likely it is to find deer beams.


The Elk can drag its antlers almost anywhere, only those areas that have the highest probability of a "drop zone". This is often the place where a bikavic goes to bed. They may also be traveling there and in a safe area. However, this is always an area where you are familiar. When I go to a new area to "develop", I'm looking for a certain type of terrain that meets other essential elements. I was also researching your bullfight and tree trunks. Hey, wait a minute !! The bull then rubbed the velvet off their fleece. I agree, but also tend to gravitate to the area of ​​orientation. So, as I look at the ground and the trees rubbing, I also examine the binoculars with my binoculars … because I always look for a certain type of terrain.

The best The terrain is guided and prioritized in this order, on slopes facing south, southwest, west, southeast, and east. The slopes in the north do not always go unless you are a big mountain with steep ridgelins on its sunny side canyons. Yet another general rule, grassy slopes are better than rocky slopes. If the slope is any rock, it is probably not a good area. There must be grass on the cliff … every grass with some rocks is the best.

Some of my friends are like T-Rex. This is probably due to the fact that most of the sheds I find lie on a slope of 30 and 50 degrees. If you do not know the slope angle, the 12/12 square roof is 45 degrees. Many churches have such steep roof lines that resemble the terrain where the cattle nest is located. Obviously, you have to make a lot of determination to work on a steep slope when hunted with an antler shed. However, this is usually a safe area with many visibility and often near a source of water near a canyon. The good news is that you have to stop every 50, you need to pause and read the area with your binoculars.

A typical search pattern goes on a steep south-facing grassy slope for something like this. .. The first step is the ridgeline itself, taking the time to look down the slope and step back from the ridgeline. The next step is 20 to 40 degrees below the ridgeline, and usually another one or two more passage is even lower. However, if you only do one step you will need to use a zigzag pattern to cover as many areas as possible. All the while, I was thinking about the deer's security issues in the environmental conditions of the area with regard to the presence of the snow line and the remote location of the area.


Please do not worry if you read this information and you will not find a deer horn right away, though all four basic elements are present. This is an entertaining guide to increase your odds of discovering the rogue. From the beginning you have to take your mission into developing areas where you know that they are falling. I found hundreds and hundreds of caves, 70% of them came from dozens of areas that have led to years of discovery and development. I go to these areas three times – in the early, mid and late seasons.

I do not sell any fucking car. These or gifts are the family and friends, or at the end of the workshop lamps, end tables or candlesticks. One hundred or so adorn the passage to our mountain home.


Arizona's Eastern White Mountains include alpine, nutriotic and greer communities. The 538,000-acre Wallow Fire (summer 2010) burned through the beautiful area of ​​850 square kilometers. Due to the irresponsibility and negligence of the Apache National Forestry Group we have lost our home for two decades for 15 years. We are currently 300 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

Source by Eric Krueger

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