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    Well, February and the first part of March was pretty slow for me up in the North East corner, but finally in the last week the wheels have started turning. Since Thursday afternoon, I’ve picked up 22 sheds, and 2 dead heads. Here are some pictures, I’ll try to keep them somewhat in order…. Enjoy.

    Grabbed this year old antler off horseback a week ago. Being 5ft higher has its advantages.

    The following photos are from a trip I took to Hardin and Wright counties with a buddy. That shed hunting/beer drinking weekend yielded 9 sheds total, 7 for me and 2 for him. 5 of the 9 including 2 sets came off some public ground. I let him keep the match to one of the sides he picked up first as a tip for taking me to all his honey holes. Great weekend with a great friend.

    After my luck over west, I headed back for some green beer(whiskey), and to get back on some local ground and ended up matching up a side that I found back February, as well as picking up a couple more, this outing brought my total to 21.

    Tuesday night I headed on to farm I concentrate most of my time on, and it paid. 2 sets, 3 singles, and 2 deads. I forgot an SD card for my camera, so the pictures aren’t of greatest quality.

    Tonight I ventured out with some guys that are involved with the same non-profit organization that I volunteer with. We train service dogs for disabled veterans and kids with autism. I’ve been working with one of the dogs named Buzz that is a former field trial dog, that was donated to the program, that we could use him to take veterans hunting and eventually find a home for him with a veteran. I’ve been working on turning him into a shed hunting dog as well, so that he might be a little more marketable, and maybe help find me some sheds until we can find him a home. He found his first wild antler tonight, and some others that we spotted first, then let him find.

    Copper belongs to a veteran that helps out at the kennel quite a bit and is also his service dog. He found his 2nd wild shed tonight

    Buzz with his first antler

    All in all, the last week has been very good to me. 22 sheds, in 5 counties(Floyd, Butler, Bremer, Wright, and Hardin). And I feel like I am just getting started.

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    Quote by: SirOliver

    Winchester M*22 1000 Round packs back up.
    clubfive for 5 shipping single item add

    http://www.cabelas.com/checkout/retrieveShoppingCart.cmd?cartId=e1826ce7826b6d55914a2ba328d2c48f

    Got some earlier, but just posted now. I must’ve been one of the last ones to get it. My local farm store has had a pretty consistent stock of Eley .22lr, I always pick up a couple boxes when I’m in there, expensive though, $12 per 50. They are kind of cool looking though, the casing is black as well as the bullet.

    Last summer I bought a box of 550 Fiocchi 22lr, that stuff shoots awesome, had never seen it before. Now that I’ve got this last order of a 1000 from Cabelas, I’ll stop my little hoarding. Hopefully things start coming back around.

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    Quote by: IAJack

    I fear this winter has been extra hard on the herd as far as stress and food. I have seen quite a few younger does in the timber and around but not many mature deer?

    On the topic, are shed locations a good indicator or deer paths and movement or not so much and kinda random? Of course they have been there and through the area but is it a good indicator of territory and regular patterns of movement?

    This is a good question, and I don’t think I’m really qualified to answer it. But from my observations, this is about 50% true. There are antlers I find on farms that I hunt from deer I have never seen before, and there are bucks that are around all year until right before shed season, I never find their sheds, but then they are back again in velvet. I’ve kinda given up on trying to find antlers off a particular deer, I can never seem to do it, but other guys are damn good at it.

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    Quote by: Yank

    Very nice. You must have been in track or cross country when you were younger. you timed yourself and measured your distance. 😆

    You bet. Haven’t been out much lately. 2.5ft of snow is not very conducive to shedding. I probably won’t be put up any real big numbers until the end of March, maybe the beginning of April.

    On another note, found a dead shed buck last Thursday, while gathering up trail cams. He had only been dead for probably an hour. As it was -10, and he was still nice and loose. Looks like he just fell over, bled out of his mouth a little, and expired. Very disappointing considering he looked like he was still very healthy and fat. Hopefully I don’t find many more like that.

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    Ndkeifer did you train your dog or purchase the dog ready to shed hunt ?

    The dog in the picture doesn’t shed hunt. I am training her to be a service dog for a disabled veteran. She does play with antlers, and found the one in the picture, but after I had already walked over to it.

    I am training a different dog though to shed hunt, he is a field trial wash out, but an awesome dog. He will be available for a veteran or active duty service member that is looking for a companion/shed hunting/waterfowl dog.

    Are you in waverly by chance?

    I’m not personally from Waverly, but I know what you are asking. And yes, the dog I am training is for Scott at Retrieving Freedom.

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    Quote by: Ret58+1

    Nice finds there. I see the rodents have fed a little bit. I’m coming thru Floyd cty tomorrow, will keep my eyes open 🙂

    No chews on any of these :mrgreen:

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    Quote by: Ozzy

    What part of the state?

    Congrats BTW. I really need to get out but way too much snow on our farms at the moment.

    This is Floyd co. I know I’m walking past some buried in the snow, but I just cannot help myself.

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    Quote by: Hoytshooter

    Ndkeifer did you train your dog or purchase the dog ready to shed hunt ?

    The dog in the picture doesn’t shed hunt. I am training her to be a service dog for a disabled veteran. She does play with antlers, and found the one in the picture, but after I had already walked over to it.

    I am training a different dog though to shed hunt, he is a field trial wash out, but an awesome dog. He will be available for a veteran or active duty service member that is looking for a companion/shed hunting/waterfowl dog.

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    I’ve picked up for this year and found my target buck dead. Sniffed out 2 yesterday checking trail cams, but as badly as I want to be out there, I won’t be hitting anymore of the private ground I have access to until more of this snow is gone.

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    Get yourself a heeling stick and establish who is boss. A golden shouldn’t have any trouble picking up who the boss is after a few licks

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    Quote by: peanut

    Do you ever fish public water for a challenge? Or mainly tame fish ?

    Why would you want to if you have enough private spots to fish?

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    Quote by: jmatura

    If u care about ur dog keep it on your property and not roaming. Its not just the danger of getting caught in a trap, but also getting run over or even stolen. Time to take responsabilty of your actions. Quit blaming the other guy.

    I’m glad you read my entire original post. I believe I stated that I had to tell her that if she got into the trap on someone else’s property, then there is nothing we could do, except find out who is running traps in a deceased individual’s name. I never once blamed anyone.

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    Quote by: bullfrog

    If you never wanted to bash trappers you would have never posted this.

    Alright, I didn’t post this to bash any law abiding trapper. It’s a great tradition, that I would enjoy, if I wasn’t in the treestand.

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    Thanks Sandman. A CO does know the situation, but unfortunately he’s from another county, because Butler co. does not have one right now. So he is not overly familiar with the resident outdoorsman. Which is why I called a deputy I did some work for earlier this year, he gave me some good insight.

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    Got a little better pic of a buck I’ve been seeing. Most guys thought 130-140. I think he might be a tad better, maybe 150ish. Does this pic help?

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    I’m starting to see more daytime activity on my cams. Had 2 mature bucks sparring about 75 yards away Saturday the 19th, which brought on a third buck. Heard some grunting lastnight, and witnessed a few working scrapes pretty heavily.

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    Probably start with a $15,000 boat and $1500 in electronics. Then whatever you have left spend on rods, reels, and lures.

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    I’m prety sure the Iowa legislation put an end to this, shortly after the supreme court ruling, by ending I mean releasing the landowners of liability. I can’t remember how, but swear I remember reading about it in the Spokesman, and discussing it with others.

    If someone can help me out it would be greatly appreciated.

    Edit…. Found this, you might want to print it out and show it to the landowner, assuring him he is not liable.

    http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/linc/85/external/govbills/HF649.pdf

    It was signed June 17, 2013

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    Quote by: ducksandbucks

    Very cool. Were u hunting public?

    Did the guy who shot the smiling mallards have to buy beer that night? 🙂

    Everything we hunted in South Dakota was public, we gave up one night hunt to scout and that paid dividends. Hunted out of the boat the first morning, then walked in the rest of the hunts. These recent storms had the ducks in the air big time.

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    Quote by: Berns09

    Like someone said before, most of the money from the “farm bill” doesn’t even go to the farmers but goes towards food stamps and all these other handouts. My family has been farming for generations and I don’t think you can really say it is so easy until you actually try it once. And i’m sure a lot of you hunt on farmers land. We run new equipment and I still don’t think anyone has the right to try and say farming is easy… You clearly have no idea the amount of time and hard work that still goes into farming yet… Yes, crop farming has been good the last couple years but how about before that? A farmer may do real well one year but it varies so much from year to year. How can you blame a farmer for not wanting his crop damaged when that is his main, or only income?? I don’t think farmers get quite as many “handouts” as a lot of you think. I love deer hunting myself and want quite a few deer around. The deer don’t do nearly as much damage as turkeys. The deer may eat the tops of beans or the tips off an ear of corn but turkeys knock down the whole stalk and cause waaay more damage than the deer. I don’t want to hear about how farmers have it so easy.. If your worried about then deer population then it’s pretty simple… DON’T SHOOT SO MANY DEER!!

    You are correct, farming does vary, but crop insurance is there to cover you in the event of poor yields, or a decline in the price. Sure, farmers pay a premium for that protection, but, the government also subsidizes that. So while the crop may vary year to year, the insurance is there to protect farmers and their investments from total failures.

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