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Recent Reader Mail

Local Shed Hunter:

Hey Mike, great website, 1st time visitor.  Currently live in Blaine.  Been shed hunting for quite some time now.  Was curious as to where you picked up those sheds in Golden Valley.  I might have the other sides to a few of those. I have found sheds in the Basset Nature Area, Theodore Wirth Golf Course, Basset Creek Park, and a few others.  Was this in the past 5 yrs? That would be something if we could make a matched set between us or at least see that one of them is the same deer. I compare your pictures to what I have at home.  Have found 6 this yr so far.  Biggest 63 inches.  We have about 4-8 inches of snow here.  Where are you guys located exactly? Been thinking about applying for the Ripley hunt.  Any success up there ??Thanks for the great website and good luck hunting.
-Scott

Shed Hunting Dogs:

HELLO,

MIGHT U HAVE ANY INFO ON THE POSSIBILITY OF TRAINING A DOG TO SHED ANTLER HUNT?  I KNOW IT IS POSSIBLE - JUST LOOKING FOR MORE INFO.  THANKS, JASON.

Jason:
That's a good question.  My uncle actually has a hunting dog that finds sheds for him all the time.  The dog is a trained bird hunter and somehow naturally is intrigued my the smell of antlers.  Obviously, dogs don't have the foresight to go out and search for the match, but my uncle's dog promptly brings the antler to his feet and drops it.  Lots of praise follows, and maybe a treat if you've got one handy.

If I were training a dog to shed hunt, I'd certainly work with a dog that is known for its nose.  Mostly hunting dogs.  I personally have an Alaskan Husky, but not for shed hunting purposes.  She's really good at locating wolf/deer kill sites, but has never found a shed antler for me.  If I were to train a dog, I'd start by letting them investigate a few antlers that I have around the house.  Then, I'd take those same antlers and place them in the woods out back( WITHOUT THE DOG).  I'd go get the dog fired up for shed hunting and start cruising that piece of woods.  Remember where you put the antlers with a GPS or just by memory.  Hopefully your dog comes up with some.  Praise. Repeat.
Thanks for the message.
Minnesota Bucks
THANKS FOR THE TIPS. NICE SITE BY THE WAY. LOOKS LIKE U AND YOUR BUDDIES HAVE A GOOD TIME EACH FALL, AS DO I. I AM LOCATED IN WAUSAU, WI AND AM AN AVID SHED HUNTER. JUST LOOKING FOR MORE AND BETTER WAYS TO FIND AS MANY SHEDS AS POSSIBLE. THANKS AGAIN, JASON.

 

Rompola "buck":

Hey guys, like the site :)  Some good quality bucks :)  Added your site to my FFA links page.  Stop by albertabucks.com and say hello on the message board.  Ya might want to check up some more on the link to Mitch Rompola's "pending world record" seeing as he signed a legally binding contract with Milo Hansen to put up or shut up....in other words he is a fraud or he would not have signed it.

-Captain2k

This one's a real hoot:

Hey deer dudes - wuz talking to a friend the other night 'bout yer website and thought I would drop a line.  I am a hella talented musician and have quite the following out here in Frazee, MN.  My band is called Rubs 'n Scrapes.  Just the other night I had 2 ladies over here telling me that I was the best drummer they ever seen at Crazy Luke's - local bar here in town.  I'm all about the scene here and have grown too big for this small place.  I am ready for change.  Rubs 'n Scrapes is fixin' to play a gig for some different audience.  So I got a couple of questions for you deer experts.

 

   1) Can deer hear?

   2) Do you think that they like music?

   3) What type of venue do you think they would like to attend? -- a field? a forest?

   4) What kind of music do you think they would like?

 

I play death metal but can change it up depending on my mood - country, punk, whatever. Gimme a jingle and I'll send you a demo. I got tons.

 

Sincerely, Jerry.