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Three Simple Rules For Shed Hunting

Let’s be honest, hard-core shed hunters are a curious crowd. Considering their willingness to tromp countless miles in search of a single whitetail shed, it’s easy to recognize that shed hunters belong to a totally different category of ‘hunters.’
 
These idiosyncratic searchers are marked by a relentless drive to not only search, but to find—and philosophically—finding is only part of the reason they search.
 
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So what can we learn from those who consistently find sheds? The simple answer is, a lot. But when we boil down their success, there seems to be three simple rules that successful shed hunters live by.
 

1. Have A Plan

Any day spent wandering aimlessly through the woods is better than being cooped up indoors, but ‘wandering’ and ‘aimless’ are not proven ways to find shed antlers. Before embarking on any shed hunting adventure take time to study topographical maps and satellite imagery of the property you plan on shed hunting.
 
Having a detailed mental picture of the property will help you know how to best ‘grid’ the location. Whether searching the property includes using optics or boots on the ground, having a plan when shed hunting will ensure you’re not skipping key bedding areas, travel routes or food sources.
 
After studying both topographical maps and satellite images I like to start my shed hunt by breaking down large sections of property into manageable pieces. I will then use landmarks to mark off small sections of property in order to walk or glass it thoroughly. After searching that particular section of property, I will move on to the next. This method has worked very well, and has helped to prevent me from feeling overwhelmed, when searching large tracts of land.
 
When shed hunting large acreages it’s very easy to get distracted and want to wander to what looks like a ‘good spot for sheds,’ but staying focused and thoroughly searching a given area will usually yield greater results.
 

2. Push Though It

There’s no better way to describe these places than by the word—nasty. They’re usually thick, full of thorns, and the deadfall doesn’t make for easy walking. But as most shed hunters know, it’s these clothes tearing, skin scaring, ‘nasty’ places that are the perfect place to find sheds.
 
After multiple hours of walking, you may want to walk ‘around’ the next patch of Multiflora Rose—but don’t. I’ve actually found sheds hanging in the middle of a brush patch so thick, I still wonder how they got there.
 
Whether on south facing hillsides, in bedding areas or in the middle of a brush patch, successful shed hunters have learned that shed antlers can be just about anywhere. That said, make up your mind and push through the temptation to skip the difficult areas.
 
A willingness to push through tired legs, sharp thorns and weary feet is a rule all successful shed hunters live by.
 

3. Hold On To Belief

Several years ago I took a relative, who will remain nameless, on their first shed hunt. After a few hours of searching the relative looked at me and said, “This is stupid, we’re never going to find any sheds.” The problem—they had lost all belief.
 
The dedicated shed hunter continues to believe he or she will find what they’re searching for in spite of the initial results. Shed hunting is the ultimate test of faith and perseverance.
 
On a recent shed hunt my oldest son looked at me and said, “Dad, how many people do you know who would be happy to walk 15-miles for a whitetail shed?” I smiled and kept on walking, but his question stuck with me. Shed hunting isn’t about the miles, it’s not about the search, and it’s not all about the find. Shed hunting is about belief, a belief that if bucks are there, the sheds will be there, and if the sheds are there, the shed hunter who applies enough determination and tenacity will find them.
 
Don’t give up belief. If that means searching an area more than once, do it—just don’t give up.
 
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Summary

It’s not hard to see that shed hunting and life have several parallels. Anything we will be successful at requires a plan, persistence and persuasion. So, embrace the rules and enjoy the journey.
 
Let’s not get tired of doing what is good, for at the right time we will reap a harvest—if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Shed Rally Is Far From Over

Shed Rally Is Far From Over

Last weekend marked the second annual Shed Rally, a day when countless antler addicts took to their favorite locations in search of bone. And while this annual event has been checked off the calendar—your personal Shed Rally doesn’t have to be over.
 
A unique aspect of Shed Rally, made possible by modern technology, is the ability to share photos of the antlers found during Shed Rally across various social media channels. Gone are the days when around a potbelly stove in the center of a local mercantile was the place to share the latest news—today it’s digital.
 
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But sharing photos with the hashtag #ShedRally isn’t the only reason we shed hunt. There’s much more to be shared and experienced in the outdoors than simply finding shed antlers. So, while the momentum generated by Whitetail Properties’ Shed Rally encouraged ‘shed heads’ to collectively go on a search for antler, there’s no need to stop looking for antler just because March 7th is behind us.
 

Enjoy The Hunt

It would seem most whitetail hunters have a love-hate relationship with shed hunting. Either they enjoy the challenge of looking for a ‘needle in a haystack’ or they get board with the endeavor very quickly and are prone to give up the hunt after a few uneventful miles.
 
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But shed hunting is just that—it’s hunting.
 
To prolong your personal Shed Rally, make shed hunting about the hunt, not just the find. The woods are full of much more meaningful experiences than being able to brag to your buddies about an antler you found. More importantly, shed hunting provides an opportunity to get outdoors, scout for the upcoming season and enjoy time spend with family and friends.
 

Catch A Glimpse

Having tunnel vision when shed hunting is both a blessing and a curse. Yes, if you’re going to find sheds you must stay focused on what you’re looking for, but it’s also important to take in what’s around you.
 
Here in Indiana, March 7th was a beautiful day. The sun was shining the snow was glistening; it was a great day to be outside. But, the deep snow didn’t make finding antlers any easier. Knowing our chances of finding sheds were slim, I decided to make Shed Rally not only about what I could find, but what I could see.
 
After lip squeaking a raccoon to within eight feet, locating several whitetail bedding areas and identifying some travel routes I was previously unaware of, a shed would have just been a bonus.
 
Shed Rally Is Still Going On
 
Although I didn’t hashtag #ShedRally #Raccoon #Bedding, March 7th was filled with adventure and indelible experiences shared with my son, my best friend and his seven-year-old son. And the good news is, there can be plenty of days just like it—because March 7th isn’t the only day we can shed hunt.
 

Pass It On

Due to the amount of snow we had for Shed Rally, we were able to see plenty of rabbit tracks, fox tracks, coon tracks, coyote tracks, blood, fur, feathers and the list goes on.
 
To those who have children or grandchildren, finding telltale signs of animal activity are important moments. These left behind (and often overlooked) ‘tracks’ not only offer teaching opportunities, but provide ways for us to pass on an appreciation for the outdoors to the next generation. And there’s no better time to pass on our heritage then when shed hunting.
 
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So while I wish we wouldn’t have had as much snow for Shed Rally and would have liked to have found some sheds, I also know the experiences and knowledge I gained from a day in the woods far outweigh a picture posted on social media.
 
Besides, a personal Shed Rally doesn’t have to be over—it’s just begun.

Carry Your Shed Anters Shed Rally

Shed Tote: Conveniently Carry Shed Antlers #ShedRally

A successful shed hunt not only means adding to your bone collection, it can also initiate the conundrum of how to pack multiple shed antlers back to the truck.
 
Across the years I’ve packed shed antlers in hand, tried to cram them in my pack, and attempted to strap them to my pack—none of which have ever seemed very secure or comfortable.
 
Thankfully, I’ve found a much better and more convenient way to carry shed antlers!
 
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While attending the Indianapolis Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo I stumbled upon a very unique product. A product I think is rather ingenious. Made by Call 4 Life Lanyards, this is one product every shed hunter should have in his or her possession.
 

Shed Tote: Conveniently Carry Your Shed Antlers #ShedRally

The innovative style and size are what attracted me to the—Shed Tote. This handy paracord tote provides the shed hunter with a safe and reliable way to carry shed antlers of any size or weight. Made from durable 550 paracord the Shed Tote is designed to fasten to a belt loop or backpack with ease.
 
Including its integrated carabineer, the Shed Tote measures 13-inches long overall. Its compact size helps to prevent the Shed Tote from catching on brush or branches. The Shed Tote’s design also keeps antlers relatively tight and restricts them from excessive swinging, like some other paracord totes are prone to do.
 
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Since the Shed Tote is small enough to be carried in your pocket or pack until needed, transporting the Shed Tote is easy. Once you find a shed, simply attach the Shed Tote’s integrated carabineer to your belt loop or backpack, fasten the shed and keep on shed hunting.
 
To use the Shed Tote simply slide the slip knot upwards until the loop is large enough to fit around the base of the antler. Once the antler is placed through the loop, tighten the slip knot against the antler and you’re antler is held securely in place.
 
The Shed Tote does require that you pay attention to the shape of the antler base. Some antlers will be more secure if the slipknot is on the inside of the antler or vice versa.
 
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This is one product that will perfect for the upcoming Shed Rally. (Hopefully you’ll not only be able to hashtag your photos with #ShedRally, but come home with several sheds fastened in the Shed Tote.)
 

Shed Tote: Display Your Sheds

Not only can the Shed Tote be used to carry shed antlers, it also provides a unique way to display sheds as well.
 
By fastening three or four shed antlers in the Shed Tote and hanging it below a sconce or from a hook, the Shed Tote can become an addition to any den or man cave decor.
 
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The Shed Tote retails for $14.99 and comes with a lifetime guarantee. To order a Shed Tote contact Call 4 Life Lanyards at (660) 619-8813.
 
Due to the ongoing development of this product, there may be slight aesthetic or design differences from the Shed Tote pictured and what you receive. If you have any questions or would prefer a custom Shed Tote color or design feel free to contact Call 4 Life Lanyards—they’ll welcome your inquiry.
 
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Good luck shed hunting!
 
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7 shed hunting tips

7 Shed Hunting Tips: Prepare For Shed Rally #ShedRally

March 7th has once again been declared a national holiday. At least if you’re a shed hunter it has. Thanks to our friends at Whitetail Properties for continuing the ingenious idea of a national shed hunting day.
 
March 7th, 2015 will mark the second annual ‘shed rally’ where all across America men and women who enjoy searching for hidden treasure in the form of shed antlers will post their finds on social media. (This so transcends seeing what someone had for lunch!)
 
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Whether on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, photos and stories of glorious finds will be marked with the hashtag #ShedRally. 365 Whitetail will be joining the #ShedRally and we invite you to be a part of what our friends at Whitetail Properties are calling, “The worlds largest shed hunt.”
 
For those who may be new to shed hunting or have a thirst to learn more, here are seven simple tips that may help you locate hidden bone on March 7th.
 

1. Start In The Backyard

If you’re new to this addictive quest, the first place to begin shed hunting is in your backyard. Seriously!
 
If you have access to an antler of any kind, place it in multiple locations, subject it to various lighting and study its features as it’s lying in different forms of undergrowth in or around your yard.
 
Once the antler is placed in the tall grass or weeds, look at it from a distance, up close and when standing directly over it. You can also use your optics to get a visual of what a shed antler will look like through a pair of binoculars. Your neighbors might think you’ve lost your mind, but who cares.
 
Using this little exercise is how I taught my boys to shed hunt. This practice session will allow your eyes and mind to process the texture, color, size, and contrast of an antler to its surroundings; making it easier to pick out an antler when legitimately shed hunting.
 
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2. Take Time To Pre-Scout

Since there are no guarantees when a buck might shed, the shed hunter is left in a dilemma. As bad as we want to ‘bust the brush’ and locate sheds, we must also recognize if we apply too much pressure on a buck before he has shed, there is a risk of pushing him off the property and losing the opportunity altogether.
 
Rarely do I shed hunt in wooded areas before March. This allows time to kill two birds with one stone. Prior to March I shed hunt open areas, walk fence lines and check out surrounding food sources while at the same time I’m scouting to determine where deer may be yarding. Pre-scouting also enables me to locate the most heavily used trails to and from food sources without applying unnecessary pressure on an already stressed deer herd.
 
Strategic pre-scouting will help locate winter travel patters in the particular area where you will be shed hunting at a future date. If you have snow, use it to your advantage. Snow can help you find where the majority of deer are entering food sources and traveling to and from bedding. Spending some time pre scouting will serve to your advantage when it comes time to go deeper in the brush.
 

3. Check Food Sources, Cedar Thickets And South Facing Hillsides

Now that bucks are in their home winter ranges, focus on finding where deer are feeding, bedding and transitioning to and from these key areas. Once you have located primary feeding areas, search by backtracking to bedding.
 
As much as food sources seem to be the starting point when shed hunting, they are not the only place to locate sheds. If deer have endured extremely cold temperatures, thermal cover will be at the top of our list when March arrives.
 
Thermal cover can include a cedar thicket, a pine grove, or anywhere a buck can get out of the wind, conserve energy and possibly find a place out of the deep snow. (We have recently been working on getting permission to shed hunt a very dense cedar thicket. It may require crawling on our hands and knees but I have a hunch we might find some sheds there.)
 
South facing hillsides are another winter favorite. Just the other day we saw some deer standing motionless on a sunny slope. Although the temperatures were below zero, the deer were enjoying the warm sun. Any southward facing point, funnel or small meadow will also be a place you’ll want to check for dropped antlers.
 
Also consider searching fence crossings, creek crossings and any place a deer might ‘jar’ his antlers will often yield good results. If you have access to pasture land, look for areas where the snow may be melting and the first signs of green appearing. Anywhere deer might graze on some green, even though it is outside their normal feeding area, is a potential area to locate sheds.
 
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4. Keep The Sun At Your Back

Although cloud cover is preferred when shed hunting, on bright days try to keep the sun at your back. This will allow the sun to illuminate the antler and will keep shadows lying directly away from you.
 
If you own a pair of polarized sunglasses, take them along if the sun is shining. This will not only relieve the stress on your eyes, but will reduce contrasts and make it easier to spot a shed.
 
Keeping the sun at your back is also beneficial when glassing with your binoculars. An antler can stand out like a sore thumb if the light hits it just right. I remember when living in Idaho I took a friend shed hunting who had never glassed for sheds. After getting the sun at our back it was only a matter of minutes before I had glassed up a matched set of sheds on the opposite hillside—thanks to the sun and a little luck.
 
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5. Use Your Binos Or Spotting Scope

It wasn’t until some patient Western hunters taught me how to glass effectively that I came to appreciate what you can see with good optics.
 
Never underestimate what a deliberate scan of a field can expose. Don’t rush it and slowly work your binoculars or spotting scope in a grid pattern. If in an area where you can scan a south facing slope with your bino’s, you will be surprised how much ground you can cover by sitting down and glassing. You might be astonished how well you can locate sheds with a little help from a pair of optics.
 
Always take your binoculars and use them to your advantage.
 

6. Don’t Look For Sheds

You’re probably saying, “Huh?” Let me explain.
 
When learning to glass through a spotting scope, an Idaho friend used to tell me, “Don’t look for a deer, look for a piece of a deer.” When looking for a shed it’s easy to have a preconceived idea what a shed will look like. You may picture it lying where you can see it in its entirety or at least see the majority of the antler. The temptation is to look for an entire shed.
 
It seems if I focus on looking for a ‘piece’ of a shed, I am much more successful at finding sheds. The majority of the time when I finally locate a shed, only a small portion of the entire shed was exposed. It could be buried in snow, tangled in grass, hidden in corn stubble, or partially concealed by undergrowth; sheds can virtually hide in plain sight.
 
Changing the visual in your mind to focus on looking for a smaller piece of the shed will help you locate more bone.
 

7. Walk, Stay Focused And Keep Encouraged

Although I begin every shed hunt with anticipation, I also wear comfortable shoes.
 
Depending on where you reside and the density of your deer population, shed hunting can require walking countless miles before you’re lucky enough to find that hidden treasure. Prepare yourself mentally and wear appropriate footwear.
 
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Spending all day looking for a needle in a haystack can be tiring. But staying focused on the objective is key.
 
When shed hunting I like to wear a ball cap and pull it down as low as I can. The bill helps me to keep my eyes on the ground and assists in my concentration. All it takes is a few moments of letting your mind wander and you can walk right past a shed. Whatever method you have to use to stay focused—do it.
 
Shed hunting isn’t for everyone. It’s not easy to have big hopes and then never find a particular buck’s sheds. But keeping in mind that shed hunting is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and have fun no matter the outcome will help keep you encouraged. Plan to stay all day, pack a good lunch and enjoy trekking in the outdoors.
 
Again, keep it fun and remember on March 7th to tag your shed hunting photos with #ShedRally.
 

Shed Hunting With Kaden

Kaden Schlipf’s Shed Hunting Tips

He may only be 13-years-old, but Kaden Schlipf has a growing reputation. Kaden’s notoriety doesn’t come from being the son of Jared Schlipf, president of Lone Wolf Treestands, but because he possesses a unique ability to find whitetail sheds.
 
Unlike most boys his age, who would rather spend time playing video games, Kaden is a shed hunter. Spending approximately 40-50 days each year in search of bone, this young man not only enjoys shed hunting—he knows how to find sheds.
 
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Kaden volunteered to join us for a question and answer session and share some valuable tips for those new to shed hunting. What he had to say was spot on, and he has the sheds to prove his shed hunting tactics work.
 
365: Hello, Kaden! Thanks for allowing us to do this interview.
 
Kaden: Thanks for having me, and allowing me to share my experiences in the outdoors with you.
 
365: To kick things off, tell us a little about yourself, your hobbies and what sparked your interest in shed hunting?
 
Kaden: I started hunting with my dad when I was 5-years-old. If it’s in season I like to hunt it. My passion is deer hunting and deer management. I also enjoy trapping, which really helps me sharpen my hunting skills. I would have to say trapping coyotes is my favorite.
 
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365: That’s awesome, Kaden! The main reason I wanted you to do this interview with us is to help encourage other youth to get in the outdoors.
 
Let’s start from the beginning.
 
For the young person or older person who’s never shed hunted and wants to get started, how would you suggest they begin?
 
Kaden: I would say if you don’t have your own property, you need to ask some of the local landowners, or farmers in your area for permission to shed hunt.
 
We hunt our private ground, but we have found that neighboring farmers are very willing to let you shed hunt because the sheds can cause some serious damage to their tractor tires.
 
365: Great advice!
 
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Let’s create a scenario where you are getting ready to shed hunt a property for the very first time. Give us a simple step-by-step outline of how you shed hunt a piece of property.
 
Kaden: I like to start by walking the grassy field edges first, checking any grass waterways as I go. I have been very successful in these locations as the deer are actually bedding there at night and staying close to feed this time of year.
 
If the field is short bean stubble I try to scan the whole field from the high spots. If it’s corn stalks, I like to use an ATV and work it in a grid pattern to cover all the rows. It can sometimes be very difficult to see sheds in the corn stubble so you need to work slow.
 
Secondly, I always cover the fence rows and creek beds on a piece of property. A lot of times as a deer jumps, the impact can make the sheds drop here.
 
After covering these key locations, I try to locate daytime bedding areas, and staging areas in the woods. Many times I find a matching side to one I found in the previous locations we discussed.
 
I think that after a buck loses one antler it feels awkward to them. I believe they try to work the other side free by rubbing on the ground, and on trees in their beds, or in the staging areas. The staging areas are often close to the field edges as deer hang out here as daylight fades.
 
365: Perfect! That’s clear, concise and solid information.
 
So give us a little insight into your most memorable shed hunt and tell us about the highest scoring set of sheds you’ve found?
 
Kaden: I would say every successful shed hunt is memorable to me, and I remember where I found every shed from years past. The first matching set I have found this year maybe one of my best sets yet. It is a buck that we have no history with but goes over 170 inches. I now have gained some knowledge of where he is hanging out, I can’t wait to build more history with him. My best shed to date we scored at 85 inches with over 27 inch main beams.
 
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365: That’s a great story along with some great sheds. Congrats on finding a great set of sheds already this year!
 
Kaden: Yes, as I was saying he has been a ghost so far, but again this is one reason I enjoy shed hunting so much. I now know that he exists on one of our farms and I have a starting point.
 
365: Last question for you: I love to shed hunt with my boys, do you think shed hunting is a great way to spend time as a family?
 
Kaden: I think shed hunting is a great way to spend time as a family. Shed hunting is also one of the best ways for us to help target bucks in our area, to make us more successful the following season. Oh, and it’s great exercise!
 
365: Thank you, Kaden! I really appreciate you taking the time to share this valuable information with us. Good luck finding sheds this year!
 
Kaden: Thanks, I have learned a lot about shed hunting every time I go out, but luck is always welcome.
 
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Shed Hunting With Kids

Shed Hunting With Kids: Five Tips

Shed hunting can be challenging and fun, but more importantly, it’s a special way to spend time with your kids. The quest for shed antlers offers parents a chance to pass on our hunting heritage to the next generation and is an occasion to make memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
 
And few things can compare to when those little hands pick up their first bone.
 
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I will never forget my middle son’s reaction when he walked up on his first matched set of antlers. He jumped up and down, smiled from ear to ear, and couldn’t wait to show his mother. It was an indelible moment.
 

Shed Hunting With Kids Can Have Its Challenges

It would be dishonest to say my kids enjoy shed hunting as much as I do. Several times, while in the middle of a shed hunt, I’ve heard my kids say, “Dad, I’m bored!” Whether their little feet got tired, stomach felt empty or they were just worn out, some days they’re just not into it like dad is.
 
Through my many parenting mistakes, I’ve learned it’s best to have some sort of strategy when shed hunting with your kids. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but here are a few lessons I’ve learned across the years.
 

1. Make It An Adventure

Walking together for an entire day can provide insight into your kid’s lives that otherwise might have remained unseen. These times spent in creation are monumental in the development of your child’s character. They should also be times of adventure.
 
Kids like excitement, so while it’s easy for us to get focused on finding the next big piece of bone, don’t forget to make this an exciting time for your kids.
 
From the time my boys and I leave the truck until we return, I’m looking for any sort of oddities. Whether it’s colored stones (we actually found a large Opal once), arrowheads, buck rubs, old buildings, or some piece of history, I want to peak their curiosity. Although we are focused on finding sheds, these additional finds help to provide consistent excitement along the way.
 
While we’re walking, I’ll tell them where Indians camped, why bucks make rubs, or point out certain kinds of trees. Anything to keep them engaged and excited about shed hunting.
 
Part of the adventure may include, “Guys, check out these tracks.” Then I’ll ask, “What kind of tracks are those?” If they get it right we move on. If not, we get down on one knee and teach them how to tell what animal the tracks belongs to. Doing your best to make shed hunting an adventure will help your kids to both learn and have fun while being in the outdoors.
 

2. Offer Verbal Affirmation

After several hours of shed hunting everyone gets a little tired. Offering verbal affirmation to your kids will keep their spirits up. Tell them how good they’re doing. Compliment them on how awesome it was they spotted those animal tracks. All kids are different, but every child likes a compliment. Verbal affirmation keeps them thinking positive.
 
If you see them getting distracted or losing interest, set a positive goal; such as, “Let’s go to that tree over there and have a snack.” However you choose to encourage them, just keep them engaged without pushing them to the point they lose interest altogether. You want them to come back.
 

3. Bring Lots of Food

I’ve never met a kid who didn’t like to eat. Bring lots of food in your pack along with snacks and drinks. You can even include a surprise snack to earn some ‘brownie’ points. (Pun intended) My kids like Hostess Coffee Cakes, so guess what we take with us when we go shed hunting!
 

4. Remember They’re Not You

As adults, we often push ourselves to find that next shed. We’ll tell ourselves, “Just one more mile.” The problem with that is, our kids aren’t us. They don’t have the same goals or perception.
 
That ‘one more mile’ mentality can create a negative experience until the son or daughter isn’t interested in shed hunting with you next time. Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way.
 
When shed hunting with your kids, go by their stamina not yours. If that means going back to the truck, then go. Keep the experience positive.
 

5. Dress Them For The Occasion

This may sound like a rant, but if we can afford to have good hunting gear, then our kids deserve to have quality shoes. Don’t make your kids go for a 5-mile hike with shoes too tight and socks too big. They deserve better than that. Make sure they’re comfortable and have adequate clothing.
 
To some it may sound like I’m encouraging us to raise a generation of wimps. It’s not that at all. The goal is to make shed hunting fun so they want to come with us the next time.
 
If you make it fun and about them, they’ll want go shed hunting again. If not, they just might get burnt out — which we don’t want to happen.
 
Good luck shed hunting and most importantly have fun with your kids.
 
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Seeing God and Avoiding Blindness (Two More Reasons To Shed Hunt)

We are a poor society. Not in that we lack bank accounts or possessions, but in the fact we are distracted. Our preoccupation with inferior things has left us impoverished.
 
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Think how many sunrises go unnoticed or sunsets we ignore. Count the times we pass scenery so magnificent a poet couldn’t describe it, yet we’re unaware. Our constant running pell-mell has left us visually impaired, not physically, but philosophically.
 
While nature’s beauty blooms all around us, our anxious eyes are diverted to billboards, television screens, marketing campaigns or some other man-made contraption. Compared to the woodsmen before us, we are paupers. We are comfortable, but our perception is poverty-stricken.
 
We have become bankrupt, because we are blind.
 

Avoiding Blindness

 
The hunters of yesteryear talked of trees, fenceposts and rock formations. Their writings included detailed descriptions of nature’s common things. They saw the outdoors as a collection of simple masterpieces. Woodpecker to Whip-poor-will — few things went unnoticed.
 
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From a uniquely colored rock to the Barn Swallow, the simple things were photographed and included in the records of outdoor adventures. They were not just hunters; they were naturalist who saw what others didn’t. To prevent blindness they looked for grandeur in what others ignored.
 
So should we.
 
For hidden behind our busy schedules and text messages is a limitless world to be explored and learned from.
 
Over 100-years ago John Muir penned in Our National Parks, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. Awakening from the stupefying effects of the vice of over-industry and the deadly apathy of luxury, they are trying as best they can to mix and enrich their own little ongoings with those of Nature, and to get rid of rust and disease.”
 
(And why was John Muir such an advocate of wilderness preservation? Because he suffered an eye injury that could have left him blind. It is said that after being confined to a darkened room for six whole weeks, “…he saw the world — and his purpose — in a new light.”)
 
From the naked sycamore to the twisted oak, the woods offers insights much more meaningful than the artificial advancements of technology. The moss laden fencepost, a heap of tangled barbed wire, the abandoned cabin, the lone oak, the dying ash, a flitting Blue Jay — a trip to the forest can give us back our sight.
 
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Some have asked, “Why do you like to shed hunt?” Well, to be truthful, because there is so much more to be found than just an antler.
 

What It Means To See

 
My Grandfather’s favorite hymn is, “How Great Thou Art”. Although written over 125-years ago, its meaningful words were obviously written by someone who learned to see.
 
The second verse reads:
 
“When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.”
Refrain:
“Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!”
 
A walk in the woods helps us see Someone much greater than ourselves.
 
Do you think this is what Fred Bear suggested when he said, “I feel like one of God’s chosen people, having had the opportunity to share, with many fine companions, these varied and lovely realms of our natural world.”
 
Society may judge someone’s value by how much they have accumulated. But in life, success can’t be defined by a bank account or name. Whether photographer, outdoorsman or follower of Christ, there are those who are considered rich because of what they can purchase, and there are also those whose wealth is amassed by what they have perceived.
 
So in reality, who is richer?
 
I choose to believe it’s the man who can see.
 
So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” – Mark 10:51
 
Seeing while shed hunting