If you stop and think about it for a second, shed hunting kind of seems a little strange. As hunters we spend countless hours on foot and four-wheeler, walking miles through some of the thickest and roughest terrain there is, with the sole purpose of trying to locate the random bone of an animal. Not only that, but we’ll even collect these bones and display them as trophies and use them as decoration in our homes. To the average city slicker, this would certainly seem like an odd “hobby” to partake in, but any hunter knows that shed hunting is MUCH more than just trying to find the random bone of these various big game animals.
As hunters and outdoorsmen, we simply love being outside in God’s creation and we’re always looking for an excuse in order to get back out. There’s something about being outside in God’s creation, that seems to quench the soul of a man. Something that can’t be explained... only experienced.
Shed hunting is an excuse to get away from the TV and computer screens and get plugged back into the wilderness. Shed hunting is the excuse for adventure and thus, a more fulfilling life. Shed hunting is the continued pursuit of the animal. It’s the opportunity to gather more information and a greater understanding of the animal. Shed hunting brings us that much closer to these animals that we love to pursue and even grows the level at which we pursue them. It’s almost as if there’s a bond between us and the animals in which we pursue and with the shed of each antler, comes the opportunity for a greater connection with that exact animal. It’s almost as if he left us a reminder, an incentive, that he’s still alive and well, and that he’s still out there, waiting to be pursued... waiting to be hunted.
.............................................. and so it begins!