Unfortunately, I have not been able to make the trip to Southern Illinois for a shed hunting trip yet this year. I have recently started a new job that has me struggling to find the time to get and do the work necessary to achieve our goals on our family farm. Even with those struggles, I have still found time here and there to get out to some local spots to look for shed antlers.
On this particular trip I had a couple of hours while the grand parents had the kids and my wife was still at work. I went out to a local spot on a tip that I received from my neighbor who works for the local park district. From what I’ve heard, they have seen a few big bucks while out working in secluded neighborhood park. The park is mostly swamp land with small pockets of raised dry land full of thick brush throughout. Check out the video below of my shed hunting adventure from March 25, 2016
If you’ve watched the video than you know that while I was shed hunting, I came across a buck that still had a full set of antlers. I believe he will be 2 1/2 this fall during the hunting season. I am shocked that I saw a buck with it’s full set of antlers still on it’s head. Honestly, I thought it was an isolated incident and he was just a late dropper. I found out a couple days later that was not in fact the case. Across the street from our house 2 days later, a group of 3 bucks entered the hay field to eat. All 3 of them still had their full set of antlers. I have to say that I am shocked. I truly thought that a vast majority of bucks would have dropped their antlers by this point in the year. More on that on my next post, so stay tuned for that. In the mean time, Happy Hunting!