Schroeder, who lives in Botetourt County, has been training Millie since she was a wee puppy. He carries a GPS during his walks with her and said they covered 23 miles before she found this.
That may sound like not a good average. But those of us who hunt sheds know the reality of this game. It is as much about exercise and having fun outdoors as it is about finding lots of antlers. If it were we’d give up.
My shed season got off to a great start (though I was finding year-old drops) but it’s been tough since. I haven’t been carrying a GPS but I suspect I’ve put in 10 miles on my recent trips and I haven’t found a single shed. I’m searching fairly small woodlots, too, where the deer are pretty concentrated.
Schroeder reported trying a shed trap like the ones I am trying. He’s had no success with those, and I haven’t either. In fact, I’ve talked to two other guys who have tried them and succeeded only in feeding crows, squirrels and does. Oh, well. Worth a try.
I am hearing reports of plenty of bucks still carrying headgear. I think the next few weeks should be the best, before things really start growing in the spring.
Congrats to Millie and Rob, and I’m sure this isn’t going to be the team’s final find.