But your son has a dog from what I seen in your last post about him out shed hunting lolYou have valid concerns. However the deer have a routine. You follow their routine. It is possible to move through the back country on foot, glass sheds, and not run the deer. Don't own a 4-wheeler, snowmobile, horse, or dog.
I get your point.I spend alot of time glassing winter ranges. when 2'+ of snow is on the ground they dont have much of a routine bud! They are struggling to survive and not moving a mile+ to feed or bed.
Thank you for your post. It is perhaps the most lucid (some of you may have to check your dictionary) of them all and tinged with a modicum of curiosity. And I'm glad to hear you have hunted antlers in January, even if it may be slow pickings.Anyone else think this is just a little fishy.
I have been hunting sheds for 40+ years. The OP claims just don't add up.
Where I live the mule deer have just started to shed. 90 % are still packing and the small bucks always hold on to their antlers the longest. Maybe the OP is from somewhere that the deer shed earlier but even if the old bucks started shedding before Christmas most of the smaller bucks would still be packing. Yet the OP puts up a picture of 37 brown antlers and most of them are small.
41 antlers in 2 feet of snow! Even 4 inches of snow can make finding antlers more difficult. Finding small antlers in 2 feet of snow is very difficult. Antlers fall and disappear in the snow or get buried with the first wind. In two feet of snow you would be lucky to find two antlers a day. Even back in the early 80's when there was more deer and zero competition I never found even close to 41 brown antlers in Jan. and many of those years there wasn't even close to two feet of snow.
Seams like every year some posts up how they are cleaning up the sheds in Jan. with little regard for wildlife. I smell a troll that is posting to get people riled up and supportive of shed seasons so that they can go out in March and clean up without all the competition. Maybe I am wrong and the OP is a shed hunting superman with the eye sight of an eagle and the stamina of an antelope.
Protect them so the herds stay strong and healthy.........so shed hunting and regular hunting can still be a thing in twenty years.....but hell what do I know. It’s not just the bucks dying when people are pushing them all over the damn place on the winter range.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t cut tags, I’m saying we should take care of our big game herds. I’m saying it’s idiotic to push big game animals this time of year and if it requires regulation because shed hunters can’t control themselves then so be it. You can kill a hell of a lot more deer by pushing them around on the winter range than I can with my one tag a year that I most likely won’t punch because I’m looking for an older deer in the great state of utard.I am just making the point that if you really wanted to protect big game herds and increase populations cutting tags down would seem to be the logical answer, plus there would be more sheds for me to find in the spring.
As you can see anyone can push their agenda for selfish reasons, I just wonder what your guy's reasons are for supporting more restrictions? BTW i am not advocating cutting tags, just trying to be the devils advocate here.
heyoldguy doesn't feel the same way. mtmuleyMy selfish reasons are to use common sense to help protect a herd that is in trouble throughout much of the west. I'm not asking for restrictions just saying that we should leave the damn things alone this time of year. And I DO support cutting tags because I would like to see healthy deer populations on public ground again someday before I die.
This is pretty amusing. You really think them seeing a human makes the slightest bit of difference to them? Hell no they got coyotes wolves lions and bears to worry about they could care less about you ha! Especially when a shed hunter is looking for an antler on the ground not chasing them around like a predatory animal would