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gatheringsheds
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May-06-16, 
03:50 PM (MST)
"How old is this elk shed"

Does anyone know how long it takes for lichen to develop or grow on an antler?

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 Subject   Author   Message Date   ID 
 RE: How old is...  elkassassin      May-06-16   1 
  RE: How old is...  YELUM      May-06-16   2 
   RE: How old is...  hornkiller      May-06-16   3 
 RE: How old is...  gatheringsh...      May-06-16   4 
  RE: How old is...  antlerradar      May-06-16   5 
   RE: How old is...  YBO      May-06-16   6 
    RE: How old is...  Founder      May-06-16   7 
     RE: How old is...  YBO      May-07-16   8 
      RE: How old is...  Longun      May-13-17   9 
       RE: How old is...  cjboz      May-14-17   10 
        RE: How old is...  gatheringsh...      May-14-17   11 
         RE: How old is...  Dr_Hunter      May-14-17   12 

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elkassassin
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May-06-16, 
04:25 PM (MST)
1. "RE: How old is this elk shed"


That's an Old Mossback!


HUNTIN,FISHIN,AND LOVIN EVERY DAY,I WANNA SEE
THEM TALL PINES SWAY!

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YELUM
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May-06-16, 
04:26 PM (MST)
2. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

10+

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hornkiller
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May-06-16, 
04:41 PM (MST)
3. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

I would say 20+! I have elk sheds in the flower garden that are around 15 years old that look better than that thing. People have there own theories. I know guys that would say that shed is 3-6 years old. Lmfao all you need to do is throw a few outside and see how they age yourself.

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gatheringsheds
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May-06-16, 
05:24 PM (MST)
4. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

I have some chalky elk sheds in my yard for 8 years no lichen. The river rock fence surrounding my yard is 50 years old and it has lichen growing on it. I too have been told 20 plus years to form on an antler. After 20 years wouldn't an antler decompose?

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antlerradar
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May-06-16, 
08:05 PM (MST)
5. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

I have antlers that I know are 30+ because I found them 30 years after the bucks were killed. That antler looks to be 30 years+

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YBO
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May-06-16, 
08:49 PM (MST)
6. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

If that antler could stroll into the local watering hole, it wouldn't have to show any identification!

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May-06-16, 
09:47 PM (MST)
7. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

It's cool to find those real old ones. Just the thought of how long they laid out there. Neat stuff.

Here's a Wyoming antler I left in the dirt because it had already been there for so long.

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YBO
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May-07-16, 
07:39 AM (MST)
8. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

I was shed hunting the Saddle Mtn Wilds about 15 years ago and found/left quite a few lichen attacked antlers. Also, a couple that were in PJs that the tree grew around the antlers. Super Cool.

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May-13-17, 
07:20 AM (MST)
9. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

that's a 100 year old shed....

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May-14-17, 
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10. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

Carbon dating should be in order. Better locate the local university. Maybe from the prehistoric ice age. Lol. Very cool find. I question the age of sheds I find as well. Might be a cool senior project fir a kid interested in biology and sciences with a hunting habit.

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gatheringsheds
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May-14-17, 
06:48 AM (MST)
11. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

Good idea, there is a university nearby. Problem is it's still out in the woods! Still there, I recently checked to see. Some day I'll bring it home.

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May-14-17, 
03:30 PM (MST)
12. "RE: How old is this elk shed"

That's a great question. I do know that lichen is super slow growing and will only grow on something that has been well-established for a number of years. Rates of growth can vary from 0.5mm per year to 500mm per year depending on a number of variables (climate, lichen species,symbiosis). I am not sure what the growth rate would be in the Intermountain West but would venture a guess around 0.5mm-1mm per year based on our climate which would make your shed pretty old... Just my 0.2

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