Why We Shed Hunt

When fall deer season has come to an end and the Christmas lights start to come down for the year there is one thing that comes to mind for the die-hards like myself. We start to see visions of a bright white glimmer laying in a cut cornfield and our heartbeat beings to pick up just at the thought of finding that shed.

Most people during this time of year are thinking about when they’re going skiing or planning out what lake they are going to fish this spring. But the satisfaction of finding that shed antler that you have been after brings us back each year. The timeframe between January and March is shed season for many hunters around the country and boy is it fun.

For us, shed hunting is just what we do this time of year. Even though most people miss the point of it or simply don’t understand why we walk around for hours upon hours to find a bone.

I can promise you there is much more to hunting sheds than just stumbling across a bone and picking it up. It’s more about the dedication, hard work, and capital that you put into the sport of hunting and the outdoors. We, as hunters, sacrifice all of those things for the hopeful opportunity to release an arrow at a mature whitetail during the fall.

Shed hunting is just part of the process and it always will be. Not only do we get to experience the excitement of finding a shed during this time of year but we also get to work off all those calories from the Christmas season. Postseason scouting is a very important aspect of hunting and could make all the difference in the world when trying to get within the bow range of your target buck. Shed hunting is the perfect way to go about a postseason scouting trip.

Shed hunting will take you to places that you have never been or forgotten about on your property. It is the ultimate scouting mission and will teach you many things about the land that you are on. Everyone misses high school, right? Go back to your glory days and let the trek of finding a shed act as your teacher for the day. Take in every little thing you can from that experience and let all those rubs, scrapes, and beat-down trails sink into your mind. Even better, mark them on your map of choice then get your brain working. Sit down and evaluate why they are located where they are. You may be surprised at what you find.

Some of my favorite areas or core areas on my farm came from a shed hunt that led me into my now-called sanctuary. Remember, a simple walk to find a bone could be a game-changer for your next year in the stand. Another one of my favorite takeaways from a shed hunt is the sense of mind about what deer made it through the year. I sleep much easier after I find a fresh shed off one of my hitlist bucks that haven’t been active on trail cameras. There are numerous things you can learn from a shed hunt but there is one thing that should always be a constant when this time rolls and that is COMRADERY.

At the end of the day family, friends, and a few dogs out enjoying God’s beautiful creation is what a shed hunt is all about. Finding a shed or scouting for next fall is just icing on the cake. This is your time to bring your loved ones out and show them why you do what you do. Let the little ones go play and run around while you take in the beautiful landscape that you are so fortunate to be recreating on. A shed hunt is a perfect opportunity to instill the love for the outdoors in all the people close to you. For me, being a young boy all decked out in camo running around with an antler in my hand is what comes to mind when I think about what sparked my love for the outdoors.

Shed season will be upon us in no time, get ready to get out and have some fun!

7 Tips For Finding More Morels

If you fancy yourself an outdoorsman of any kind, then I am sure that you are familiar with one of nature’s best-kept secrets—the morel mushroom. Often sought after for their rich flavors, these elusive mushrooms come out to play in March-June. Depending on where you live in the country. Finding morels can be challenging for some. Follow these tips to help your chances of coming home with a bucket of mushrooms!

Men and women alike are finding themselves in the woods more than ever this year. All scanning their local woods, near and far, hoping to bring home a bucket of mushrooms.

It is a tremendous activity to do with your children. Being able to share the ancient art of foraging and eating what mother earth provides is a lesson everyone should learn. It also combines exercise and time disconnected from the world. Something almost everyone could always use a little bit more of! So after deciding that you want to try your luck in the woods, it’s time to get hunting! Here are a few tips that are sure to help!

  1. Know Your Trees

One of the most important skills for locating morel mushrooms is being able to recognize the tree where they are most often found.  Joe Lacefield, a wildlife biologist, says, “If you want to find morels, he says start by learning to identify trees: sycamore, hickory, ash, and elm are four to focus on first. Morels favor fruit trees, too,” so an apple orchard would be a great place to check if there is one close by!

  1. The Right Temperature

The temperature of the soil is one of the most crucial factors in hunting morels. You are looking for temperatures in the 50s to see the first morels. In comparison, 60’ are well known as the perfect temperature for finding them.

  1. Search After a Rain

One of the perfect times to check the woods for morels is right after a classic warm spring rain. If you find a day in the perfect temperature of around 60 degrees, and it is right after rain. This is your best chance! Check the forecast frequently and mark down the perfect days!

Other Tip: If you can get your hands on a soil thermometer, you will be a step above the competition!

  1. Don’t get discouraged finding Morels!

Finding morels in the wild is much easier said than done. Even when you follow these tips and abide by guidelines, there is never a guarantee. Even the most experienced hunters with years under their belt could find themselves leaving empty-handed. Some seasons are better than others, and some spots are better than others. You just have to keep hunting!

  1. Pay attention to Details.

While morel hunting is a great hobby to include your children in, make sure you and they are both educated on spotting false morels or other poisonous kinds. Mushrooms can be toxic, and many of them resemble each other closely. So do your research and make sure you are aware of what a false morel is. As well as what mushrooms to just avoid as a whole.

The size of the morel does not matter. I have seen morels as small as a thumbtack and as big as a coke can! They come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing remains constant between them all. They taste great!

  1. Geography is Key!

Morels are particular in the types of ground that they like. They love loamy soil, a soil that can be found in creek bottoms. Gravel and under pine trees are also some tops spots to check because of their biological makeup.

Burn sites and logging areas can also provide the right situation to find morels. There are multiple ways to check your local area for wildfires online.  Don’t forget to include checking any wooded areas destroyed by equipment. Morels are always popping up around those types of areas.

  1. Have fun!

At the end of the day,m whether you come home with 50 morels or 5. It is the act of the hunt that should be a good enough reward! You are able to spend time in solitude or with others. At the same time, experiencing what the earth has created. It is an enlightening experience that comes with a serious reward at the end of it!

Happy Hunting!

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Coyote Hunting

Coyote Hunting: Hunt the Hunter

Coyotes are here, and they are everywhere. While most hunters did not grow up with coyotes on their list on animals that they hunt, they are now present in 49 states. Which means hunters from all across the country are diving head first into the world of coyote hunting. If you’re new to hunting coyotes, own land where they are becoming a problem, or are simply interested in the future consequences of this species, then this blog is for you.

Why Hunt Coyotes

Population Control

The first and most pressing problems with coyotes is there lack of natural predators, causing their population to grow every year. They are usually unaffected by things that would destroy a different animals population. For example, if a food source has been depleted a coyote is willing to migrate to where the food now is. For a coyote food could mean anything from food waste to a full size buck, making them extremely resilient. The lifespan of a coyote is also 10 years, with mating being possible after the first 2 years. Which just adds to the ever growing population that is costing land owners and hunters some serious coin.


One of the most serious and wide spread danger of coyotes is the diseases that the animal is often associated with. Canine hepatitis and canine distemper are the most popular disease carried by coyotes. These are dangerous things to have spread around because they greatly effect domestic dogs, distemper has even been shown to be fatal. They also have the normal wild animal diseases like rabies that can be spread to both other animals and humans. Overall the entire species is prone to disease. They are actively spreading it to all surrounding wildlife through feces and urine. Making them extremely dangerous to animal populations as a whole.

More Hunting!

Outside of the fact that coyotes are a nuisance to wildlife, hunting these things is just fun! Many states have year round coyote seasons, and those that aren’t have multiple legal seasons. Making this a viable option to scratch your hunting itch during the off seasons. Going out in the off seasons for other species is also a bonus when it comes to scouting. Giving you a different look at how the animals are acting which will make them easier to predict later on.

Future of Coyote Hunting

Hunting Coyotes is something that is both a fun challenge and completely necessary for the healthy survival of wildlife. Their population numbers growing annually. So  you can expect the trend of coyote hunting to continue on for years to come. If you are a farmer or landowner, especially in the Midwest, there are specific tactics that you can use to keep coyotes off of your land. Which can stop them from cutting into your profits.

Purude Hunting Education

Hunting Education: Purdue’s Plan

Hunting’s Role in Conservation

Those of us in the hunting community understand all the great things that hunting does for environment. From raising conservation efforts to providing a brighter future for the wildlife. Hunting has an extremely positive effect on nature for as long as it has been around. However not everyone knows the benefits of hunting. Which is why Purdue University has started a Conservation Management program over hunting education. In an effort to better educate the public on the benefits of hunting . As well continue the amazing conservation efforts that are funded by hunting.

Purdue University, located in West Layfyette, decided that wildlife conservation through hunting is extremely important and should be spread to the greater population. They launched a course titled “Hunting for Conservation”. A class that focuses on multiple aspects of North American Hunting.

  • Cultural
  • Biological’
  • Economic
  • Policy

It also breaks down a more detailed look of public lands and wildlife resources in the US and Canada. A focus is put on the lands proper management as well as detailing hunting’s crucial role in wildlife diversity.

The Future of Hunting Education

Currently the class, Hunting for Conservation, is a part of the schools wildlife major program. However, Purdue is looking towards the future and making it into an online class that will be available all over the country. Purdue has a long standing history with hunting education, often sending their top students to different conservation workshops.

“The pandemic thrust us into pushing ahead,” said Zachary Lowe, national coordinator for Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow. “The partnership with Purdue was a natural fit. There’s no way we could have done this without Purdue’s expertise in distance learning.”

Previously only available to wildlife students, Purdue expects this class to be helpful across multiple majors. Things like forestry, biology, and agriculture can all benefit from the information taught in this class.

“It makes people who are going out to manage our natural resources aware of hunters and how they interact with those resources,” said Andrew DeWoody, a Purdue forestry and natural resources and biology professor.

Helping Hunting Education Grow

The class is centered around the idea of wildlife management. Specifically, population management and making sure animal populations will be safe in the future. They use hunting as a prime example of proper population control. Past just the fact that hunters are sim;ply hunting the animals to keep the numbers balanced, the money made from hunting is huge for state departments and wildlife funds.

Purdue’s wildlife course also does an amazing job of including all aspects of hunting education into the course. Going over things like:

  • How firearms work
  • Hunting Safety Principles
  • Basics of Hunting
  • Ethical Hunting

As well as many others important and interesting things! This program is a great step forward in showing the public all the amazing things hunting does. Purdue hopes that Universities all over the country will adopt this class. Which will further spread awareness on wildlife management and conservation!