March is prime time for deer shed hunters, an outdoor activity that attracts serious deer hunters who enjoy keeping track of the deer on a certain tract of land. Trophy hunters who find sheds can learn about the survival of certain bucks they have chased.
Some hunters develop keen skills and techniques that help them spot sheds which are most often poking up out of snow. Other shed hunters have trained dogs to do the searching and often the retrieving as well. Indeed, shed hunting has become an anticipated after-season activity.
According to experienced shed hunters both antlers are often dropped within yards of each other and pairs of antlers can match up with antlers from the same animal year after year. Currently there are numerous online sources that wannabe shed hunters can search for how-to information and shed hunting club activities.
There are statewide and national clubs. For instance one timeDeer and Deer Huntingeditor Joe Shead has a 160-page book and a DVD on shed hunting that can be found at goshedhunting.com but that’s just one of many websites.
Simply type in “shed hunting” to find them.
Coyote hunting is also a major interest area for late season hunters. So says the Leetonia Sportsman’s Club that is sponsoring a coyote hunting seminar March 22 by nationally known Todd Sullivan, who hangs his shingle on the door of Dogbreath Coyote Calls.
Sullivan is the author of two books on hunting eastern coyotes and considered a leading expert.
Following that the club is holding a two-night competitive coyote hunt beginning at midnight on March 28 and ending at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30.
Coyotes killed during the contest hours will be eligible to win a piece of the $30 per two man team entry fees. Prizes go to the team with the most coyotes and the heaviest.
For information and directions contact Bill Harding at 330-822-0100.