I have been told that the best time to look for deer antler sheds is during February or March when there is some snow on the ground so it is easy to spot the antlers. I do not have a dog, so I cannot train one to find them. I plan on trying my best to find them come this February, but any tips to maximize my efforts would be great!

When is a good time to go shed hunting in South-Eastern Wisconsin (can generalize if that is too specific)? What are some tips to maximize the efforts of shed hunting?

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You want to go after they have dropped their antlers and before the grass has really started growing again in the Spring since that will hide the sheds.

When they shed can vary depending on the area and the year,

One thing we do know is that after the rut, a buck’s testosterone levels begin to decrease, and when they drop to a certain level, antlers are shed. Since antlers shed at different times in certain areas and in certain years, something causes the testosterone levels to vary from area to area and winter to winter.


Good places to look are usually wherever the deer are known to hangout during the time that they are losing their antlers. That includes places where deer go to scrape the velvet off their horns when the horns are growing, like aspen groves.

Snow will help, as long as the antlers are on top and not buried, at the same time sheds will eventually become bleached and then blend into the snow, while sticking out like a sore thumb in areas with dead/brown grass.

This is also a case where the early bird gets the worm, since other people will be looking for them, and animals will chew the sheds for the minerals.

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    Places to look include: Along fence rows, along streams and game trail passing under low hanging branches. The theory is that a deer will jump over a fence and the force of landing will jar a loose antler off its head. The same applies for low branches. The branch may hit a loose antler and knock it off.
    – B540Glenn
    Commented Jan 12, 2018 at 21:44

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