Am I the World's Best Shed Antler Hunter?
I don't find as many shed antlers as many hunters find. One reason is that I don't put in as much time as I'd like. But I'm tempted to think I'm pretty good at it. I've been out 4 times this year, three times here around the house and once in Ohio. What have I found? Not much, but that doesn't mean I'm not a good shed hunter. Two antlers I found this year were almost entirely buried under leaves. I saw only a glimpse of ivory bone, and checked it out. Both times I was rewarded with antlers, not from this year, but antlers that had been lying on the ground for over a year. Although I've never found any of those giant sheds you see plastered all over Facebook this time of year, I've found some pretty remarkable sheds—remarkable for their smallness. And if I can find those, I ought to be able to find the big ones—if they were there. Am I the best shed antler hunter? Not if you think the best has to find truckloads of giant arched bones with long tines. But if there are other reasons to hunt sheds, maybe I am! Check out my newest column called The World’s Best Shed Antler Hunter.