March hunting opportunities for deer sheds, coyotes


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.

Tips on sheds

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 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.

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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.



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