I saw 14 of these creatures on the way home today. That’s a new personal record.
Nice deer photo. Thanks for sharing. And, yes they are just about everywhere. I just came back from a two hour hike in the woods in Central Massachusetts looking for antler sheds. While I didn’t find any antler sheds, I did see deer fleeting through the woods, as well as about 4 dozen beds in the snow, 300,000 or more footprints, a few million droppings, and several bones from deer that had passed due to age, the weather, and the increasing presence of coyotes. My personal record for deer sightings was a total of about 100 from two hours of driving the back roads in Pennsylvania. Again, thanks for sharing. – John Schlichte
Thanks John! I lived in Alaska for 14 years and looked for moose antlers all the time but never found any. A couple of weeks ago while driving down the road a couple of miles from home I found a deer antler.
No luck with finding deer antlers so far this year, but there is still snow to melt so something might show up. Last year I found 1. The year before I found 6 in one area and 2 in another and that got me really interested. Timing and luck is very important as there are now many more people looking for them in my area.
John, what do you do with them?
The antler sheds I’ve found have been used as decorations and crafts, mostly for future projects.
I have used some parts of antlers to make tops for walking sticks. Others will eventually become part of holders for hats or coats, or a bow (although I predominantly hunt with a camera which has a full year season and a lot more opportunities), or to make door/drawer handles. In the past I’ve also made some antler whistles modeled after others I’ve seen. On another interesting note, I’ve noticed that pet stores are now selling small parts/strips of moose antlers (presumably from drops) as dog chew items for which they are getting what I consider a good price for a small piece.
Interesting. Good chatting with you. Have a good day! – John Schlichte, http://www.JESProductions.net
My record number in a 5 mile stretch from Fishtail, Montana to my home is 156.
Wow! I’ve got a ways to go 🙂
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