No, Dad, when I say shed hunting I do NOT mean looking for a little house where people store their gardening equipment. *sigh* and *eyeroll*
I will not make any claims to be a shed hunting expert, but I will claim to have fun while looking for antlers in the woods. And that is really all shed hunting is - looking for antlers that deer or moose have shed since they are done with the mating season (a.k.a. The Rut). This post from Wired To Hunt and this one from Archery 360 explain more of the phenomenon that is #ShedHunting. The first time I went shed hunting I hadn't hunted anything yet, and thought it was a good opportunity to "hunt" without having to prepare as thoroughly as I eventually would for actual hunting season. My shed hunting buddy thought I was crazy the first time I asked her to walk around her property looking for antlers, but now she loves it (I think)!
Funny story with my shed hunting buddy... On two different occasions we walked her property in western New Hampshire and found no antlers. Once we hiked when it was pretty snowy out and we found a few spots that looked promising with deer sign, but no luck. Then we went out again in the summer thinking it would be a lot easier to spot antler sheds without snow. We found lots of scrape and scat, but no antlers. Then just last weekend my shed hunting buddy's mom was taking the dogs out and found a ginormous moose antler! #jealous #forreal
The rest of these photos were taken while shed hunting. It really is a great excuse for a walk in the woods, soaking in nature's beauty. Can't wait to go again soon!