Tips For Finding Shed Antlers By

Well it's almost that time to start looking for whitetail deer sheds in Wisconsin. In my experience, most bucks lose their antlers in late January, but this all depends on location and buck stress levels. I have put on many miles shed hunting in the past and believe that it is a great way to scout the area you hunt without disturbing the deer too much and figure out what bucks are in the area. I have a few basic strategies for finding sheds:

1. Go to the bedding areas. Bucks will bed down in the thickest areas with branches or brush to knock those antlers off. A thick patch of pine trees open to the south is an ideal spot to check.

2. Find the watering hole. In Wisconsin winters, most rivers, streams, or ponds freeze over, but I have found numerous small springs or holes that somehow stay open. These spots will draw the most deer and be a great spot for finding shed antlers. My uncle has found a ton of sheds this way. Here is a picture of one of these waterholes with all the snow around it packed down...

Deer watering hole

3. Follow the trails. This seems rather obvious, but a good snowpack will force the deer on trails and narrow down your area to search. This will allow you to maximize your success rate.

justinwp - Hopefully I can get out and find some sheds here in the next month. There is definitely a lot of snow this year and that might make things a bit more difficult.
February 29, 2008
Stilley D. - I found a 170 class pair already and his shed from last year. Hoping to go out this weekend. You find anything justin?
March 06, 2008
justinwp - I got out a for a couple hours today, but no luck; although, I did find where the deer have been heavily concentrated and hope to get out again this week.
March 10, 2008
austin - well yesrday march 17 i found a big deer horn 6in g1 10in g2 and 6in g3 and a 5in mase on the base it is a nice one in 14 now
March 18, 2008
Josh - I have a field that I hunt and it has three ponds. It appears that all of the deer in the area travel to these ponds. Is the story true about the squirrels eating the antlers? It is odd that I cannot find sheds anywhere around the pond. Additionally, the ponds are thick with briers around the edges...
November 05, 2008
hunter fishman - heck ya! squerrels,coyotes, raccoons, rabbits,
every critter with teeth that can naw on antlers will! I've even seen cows chompin on em.
February 01, 2009
mike march 2 - I went for the first time today so I am new at this I had a blast found a small shed mice had got to it but I felt like I won the lottery any hints since I am a rookie
March 02, 2009
The Kurt - all kinds of animals chew antlers. Ive found sheds almost completly chewed. Ive also found hem sitting on logs, notches of trees etc where the animal has moved them. The base of trees are also a good place to look, exspecially if there is some brush around them
March 22, 2009
Brandon - i liv ein stanley wisconsin and i was wondering what would be the best time to go out and look for sheds if ur not familier with my position its near Eau Clair
December 11, 2009
Justin - Anytime from late January to March would be optimal for finding sheds in WI. I usually start looking in late February.
December 11, 2009
Josh - I have a shed last week that was nice, my buddy found one to weeks ago that was real big so its starting off good, it was hard to say if they were a match.
January 11, 2010
Jordan - I've only got this week really to go out and hunt for sheds because of college, and im curious what i can expect for drops
January 26, 2010
Tim - I saw 3 nice bucks still sporting their racks here in Waukesha County yesterday so I'll wait a week or so yet.
January 29, 2010
Andy - My lab found his first shed today. I've been training him for a couple of weeks. When training I put scent killer on some horns, then put a little tinks buck lure on them after that. Just to eliminate human scent on them. Put them in the middle of the woods and the dog will find them. Give them a treat when they find them. Good luck!
January 31, 2010
Adam - My friend and i have found a total of 16 in about a week of looking, which was about 2 weeks ago
February 10, 2010
Adam - check that last comment i found 4 yesterday. now we both have 10
February 12, 2010
bushnell 62 - Have not found any yet cuz have not had a chance to get into the woods been to busy but am looking forward to going out this weekend in Pleasant Plains IL, Hope to find some.
February 22, 2010
Adam - Just found another one this last weekend not i'm at 11
February 24, 2010
avngal - I'm in SE Wisconsin. Anyone going out in my area want to show a newbie the ropes?
February 27, 2010
Adam - Found another spike this last weekend at 12 now and so is my friend. Think we are going for 50 this year!!
March 08, 2010
bushnell 62 - the deer around my part of the woods have not even started to lose there antlers yet and that would mean that i have not found any yet but hope to find some soon
March 15, 2010
joe - i have found TUNS of sheds this past weekend a totall of about 10
January 23, 2011
Brian - Been out a few times... Still seeing lots of bucks with both sides. Central Illinois.
I've heard of a couple that have been picked up. Do you think it's to early?
January 25, 2011
Lacey - I am going out this weekend with my dog to hopefully find some sheds in my favorite hunting areas. Anyone from Central Illinois found anything?
January 28, 2011
Joe Shed - Found 56 as of yesterday. Still need more!
February 16, 2011
andy - found six in four days went today and seen 6 bucks with both sides gone along with two monster 10 pointers with both sides on in southeast indiana
February 16, 2011
Huntin Horns - What's the best time to look for sheds in Southern Illinois? What about the first weekend in March 2011?
February 21, 2011
Bone Head - went out today in Washington County Iowa. Found 12 sheds in 20 minutes. Gives me a total of 37 for the year. Anyone hunt around here?
March 05, 2011
GWH-MI - I hunt in michigan in the thumb and was curious to weather or not i should wait until april to look for sheds because of the massive amount of snow this year. any tips?
March 13, 2011
GWH-MI - Still snowing... pretty ridiculous...
April 05, 2011
Jackamo - Here is a tip that will help out greatly. Carry a shed with you and drop it to the ground now and then and look at it on the ground, walk around a bit while keeping your eye on it. This will aclimate your eyes and brain to what you are looking for, it really works! this also works with dropped screws or any other thing you are searching for.
October 24, 2011
chad - ive been out alot so far this year.seen only one buck that lost one side all the others have had them on.u just need to keep puttin the miles on and u will b rewarded..good luck all...
January 08, 2012
Britt10 - Been out five times this week and got a total of 7 sheds. Still got bucks with horns. some with one side missing, others with both sides. South West Kansas.
January 30, 2012
Britt10 - two more today. South West Kansas
January 30, 2012
wakeupsusie - Was out snowshoeing with my boy friend on Valentines Day and found a perfect 5 point set and then another 5 point single not long after it was a lot of fun.
February 16, 2012
wakeupsusie - Was out snowshoeing with my boy friend on Valentines Day and found a perfect 5 point set and then another 5 point single not long after it was a lot of fun.
February 16, 2012
mike - i am a first time shed hunter where should i look
February 23, 2012
nc shed hunter - The miles are paying off found 4 in two days one matching set. Alot of the bucks still have there antlers but you have to get to the woods first around here or someone else will pick them up.
February 26, 2012
Jake - I saw a deer with its antlers upsidedown in rifle season
February 29, 2012
Barry - Jackamo - Great tip. Thanks! I've seen sheds on the ground - just before stepping RIGHT on them. Shading, angles, terrain all play havoc with the eyes - especially when looking in sparsely snow covered areas. We have a melt going on right now and I will be out this weekend - sheddin'
March 07, 2012
Norbert - Hi everyone,
does somebody have a good photo showing wolf or coyote chewing an antler ? Email me at
Thx, Norbert
March 23, 2012
Norbert - Does anyone have a good photo of a wolf or coyete chewing an antler ? please email me: wolfchew at yahoo dot com
March 23, 2012
Iliqna - these sheds were WILD found sheds in illinoisNOT pen rieasd deeralthough there is vallue in pen rieasd sheds they are LEGAL to sell in iowa for that matter most statesit is in all cases the buyers responsibility to know thier home state laws regaurding the sale possession of antlersThe Dubuque Iowa Whitetail Classic is my show i know where those sheds came from i know where they went yes they did bring $19,000I have it on video filmed by Pat Reeve's film crewe mail me at i will send you a coppy of the videoPosted by: steve morehead
January 02, 2013
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July 18, 2015
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July 21, 2015
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December 27, 2015
ijwHYFE9 - Shed hunting is alot of fun! I hope to get out this weeeknd and see what i can find ..and by the way i wouldnt be to worried about that buck being killed ive worried myself if certain bucks in my past have survived and most of them i come across again ..thats why they survive . and winter can be some of the best times to intercept these big bucks .good luck!
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