Although the grass is barely beginning to green here in the North Country and we’re still a few weeks from spring flowers, spring has sprung. We celebrated it by going shed hunting. I mean really … is there any other way?
Instead of spring flowers we were greeted by flooded riparian zones, icebergs and the residue deposited from severe flooding. Despite the lack of green, we did cash-in on some great horn hunting (yes I know they are antlers).
Here’s what else we cashed-in on: Spring shed hunting gives you great insight on what happened since you left your favorite hunting spot. I found numerous deer carcasses in one location. And since all the dead bucks I discovered had already shed their antlers, I surmised a late storm put the final whammy on stressed deer right before the spring break.
I also noted the location of several new rub lines that might require further investigation, and I marked hot scrapes for similar follow-up.
Finally, I took a quick census of the deer and was happy that the population looked good, despite finding the unusually large number of deceased deer.
All in all it was a great trip with family, friends and the treasure of a few antlers to put the icing on the cake — despite the icebergs.
Even a Titanic-sized iceberg couldn’t stop me from finding these!