Success rates in general elk units hover in the teens. Such a dismal success rate may be disheartening, but committing any number of cardinal sins can feel even worse. Here’s what not to do to tag a bull this fall.
Shed elk antler hunting is popular as a pastime and a business—mainly because sheds are found in some of the most picturesque country on the continent, and their sale delivers dollars. But make no mistake, it is hunting. Heed our man’s advice, based on experience, for a successful spring outing.
While searching for a big buck’s discarded headgear this spring, you can accomplish other missions in your deer-hunting woods. Shed hunts can also be used for trail-cam updates, treestand maintenance, herd and habitat inventory and even a “bedroom check” of the deer population’s most tight-knit haunts.