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Shed hunting was a hot topic, but now it seems to have cooled down. I was just wondering how everyone's shed catchers were fairing and if anyone had found sheds wither with one or not. I'll start going out now that hunting season is about over.
 

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still waiting...

My shed catchers have produced nothing, but I can only check them on weekends. My brother has been feeling a bit lazy, so he hasn't been out. I'll have to see this weekend. I'll start going out and looking too. Good luck to everyone.

David
 

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Anybody doing any good ,Now that the snow is melting off alittle could be the time to be out ,might head out this weekend if i find some time.
 

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There's a field lined with wodds on two sides that usually produces a nice shed.......I think it might be the same deer each year, always big. I have yet to find one for myself. Judging by the scrapes this year he's still there.
 

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I saw 16 deer all together in the middle of Jan. They were all does,or buttons. Get a good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope, and check them out. If you can't get a good look at the top of their heads, look at their neck and body to see if any may be bucks. It,s very possible that all twelve deer could be does and fawns. Also, I know a guy who has raises whitetails, he said one of his bucks lost his rack just this week. Is there a difference between them and the ones in the wild? Probably,but not all deer in the wild shed at the same time either. Good luck.
 

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I saw two more today without antlers on my way home from work. I think that the deer in the wild may lose their antlers sooner due to low branches and jumping fences. Just a thought.
 

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Belive it or not a whitetail's antlers grow faster then any others...... just look it up ;)
Deer antlers are among the fastest growing tissues known to man. Growing as much as a ½ inch per day during peak development. The development process can vary greatly depending upon the genes and nutrition of each deer. Growing antlers are covered with a living tissue called velvet. During development, the deer’s antlers are very delicate and extremely sensitive to the touch. This is also the time when most antler damage or breakage occurs.
3" seems a little excess maybe??? I do not know myself though:confused:
 

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Damaged antlers.............

What is the most unusual set of antlers you have ever seen? I have seen racks with holes and dimples in them and one rack that one side came down in front of the deer's face instead of up on top of the head. Presumably do to damage during the soft tissue stage.
 

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in texas on the lease i hunted there were so many deer,it was the heaviest populated deer county,that they inbred and i seen many scrawny deer with antlers tied in knots and the tips growng into their heads.oh there was some really wild looking horns on those dwarf sized deer.i seen 200 deer in one pasture one day.all does.good case of overpopulation and its effects.everytime i see a big ole healty ohio deer 'i realize that our odnr is doing something right.
 

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I remember the guy on the show saying *blank* inches per day. I thought it was 5 inches per day, but 3 sounds more realistic. I can't remember what show I was watching???????????
 

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Duno how much this helps, but i saw 23 deer over the weekend and 3 of them were basket racks (small 6 or 8's) so i guess all of them have not lost them yet.
 
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