When I was talking to fellow shed enthusiast Rob Schroeder yesterday, for my story on shed hunting that ran in today’s Roanoke Times, Schroeder said something pretty insightful about the activity.
“I think,” he said, “That finding a [good] shed is harder than killing a deer.”
I think he’s right.
I spend quite a bit of time out in the woods, and I find a couple sheds a year. At best.
It makes sense, really. When we are deer hunting, deer are pretty big. And they are moving. So they’re pretty easy to see. But finding shed is a lot like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.
This year I’m trying to increase my odds by using baited shed traps. I am going to have trailcams out over corn anyway and my homemade shed traps cost next to nothing to make. So there’s no harm in trying.
I’ll be honest; I’m not hopeful. Has anyone else tried them? Any success?
One thing that’s easy to find is deer tracks in snow. I’m heading out shortly to do some recon on a couple of my Roanoke County spots in hopes I can pinpoint a couple good sites to put stands for some urban archery hunting. And, no, those stands won’t be anywhere near my corn-baited shed traps!