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From Dec 24

 

Went for a short walk this past weekend down in MD. Only had about an hour to look and went to one of my best spots. Truthfully, I was looking for old sheds while optimistically looking for freshies... I cam up empty. On my walk I came across several nice rubs, a few carcasses, jumped over a dozen nice bucks and saw one of my target bucks.

 

some rubs:

 

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Dead head and carcasses:

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The thicket has matured nicely over the last 10-15 years and should be really good this season!! Super excited to get back in there beginning of Feb.

 

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Jan 6

 

Went for a short walk this morning locally. We got a dusting of snow last night that melted quickly after the sun got up. No sheds today. Will share some pictures from my walk later.

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Jan 7th

here are a few pictures from yesterday.

 

I grew up in MD and thus gravitate there when the antlers really start falling. IL holds another special spot in my schedule. That aside, I generally pick up 5-6 NJ sheds each year.. this year I plan on blowing that average out of the water!! Time will tell. Maybe I will lock in a spot to actually start hunting here in NJ.

 

 

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Horizontal rub on a fallen tree.

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Jan 12

 

I was able to get out for a few hours this afternoon and picked up my first freshie of the season. On my walk I saw 2 red fox, 30-35 deer, 5-6 shed bucks, 1 nice 8pt, 1 slammer by NE starndards (160 class 10pt), 3half racks, several dead heads and a few carcass's.

 

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With the amount of time you put into the woods I'm guessing you'll find a few good spots!

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This past weekend we were down in MD. We were down for my cousins baby shower but I had to get a walk in. With my Mr. Man in tow.. I hit the woods last Saturday

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I saw 2 dozen bucks still backing but didnt see the big non-typical I was looking for. He might have dropped or was just being elusive. Here are some pictures from last Saturday.

Big Rub:

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Doe carcass:

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no antlers but was only out for 1.5 hours.


Sunday I was able to get out again. Rather then head back to my honey hole after seeing all the bucks still holding and the fresh blanket of snow on the ground, I decided to hit up a new spot not far from my inlaws. It was a good walk that turned up a nice dead head and I was able to locate several bedding areas. I marked them on my GPS and will be returning in several weeks to see what I can turn up. This property is pretty big so next trip down I am going to check out the southern run of the property.

 

the dead head:

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some big rubs and fields:

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Some internal fields back in the timber:

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some beds:

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empty shelter:

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Thanks guys. I get to walk on the weekends with my work schedule. My wife knows I am addicted to shed hunting and as long as we communicate and I try to balnce things out, she supports me getting out and walking.

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I ask that if you feel pretty confident you know where some of these pictures were/are taken: you keep it to yourself or send me a PM. I would like a MOD to clean up anyones attempt to spot burn me.

 

Thanks in advance..

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I have probably come across 20+ carcasses already. Some hunters didn't find, some coyote kills with marks on back of legs where the yotes got a hold of them, a few with smashed ribs from possible car encounters and a few I have no clue. Mostly suburban wood lots so far 700-1000 acres. Half dozen or so different properties.

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I have probably come across 20+ carcasses already. Some hunters didn't find' date=' some coyote kills with marks on back of legs where the yotes got a hold of them, a few with smashed ribs from possible car encounters and a few I have no clue. Mostly suburban wood lots so far 700-1000 acres. Half dozen or so different properties.

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Wow, still seems like a high count Dave. I have access to 2k acres in NJ surrounded by roads, and with a growing population of yotes, but we have only found 5-6 this year. Just curious, as it appears very high for the acreage. Do you know what the deer density is on avg. for the properties?

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Dave...How many sheds do you typically find a year? How many days do you spend shed hunting a year?

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Wow' date=' still seems like a high count Dave. I have access to 2k acres in NJ surrounded by roads, and with a growing population of yotes, but we have only found 5-6 this year. Just curious, as it appears very high for the acreage. Do you know what the deer density is on avg. for the properties?

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I don't know but I find a ton each year between the properties.


Dave...How many sheds do you typically find a year? How many days do you spend shed hunting a year?

 

The last 4 years I have only found around 30 each season. I used to find 3 times that each season year's ago.

 

When I walk all day I average 7-8 miles consistently according to "mytracks". I start around Christmas, get out usually one day on the weekend and go each weekend till middle of April. Annual trip to IL each year in March for a week (9 days).

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My wife had something to do today but I wanted to get out and walk locally (NJ). My buddy Dave joined my Son and I today which was nice. I headed to a spot that looked good 3 weeks ago and where I found my first freshie of the year. An hour or so into my walk and was able to turn up freshie # 2.. and the first shed I have found with my son. Also came across a few dead deer, a few nice rubs and saw plenty of deer (most were shed out except a few small bucks).

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Old dead head.. one side was sawed off and the other broken side remained:

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New carcass since last walk in this spot 3 weeks ago:

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Bunch of deer and a little buck reminding me its still a bit early:

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This rub was really worked:

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On the way out I wanted to hit this spot where there were a bunch of deer bedded around a blow down 3 weeks ago. Some of you may know that Hurricane Sandy left a mess of tangled tops and trees through out the woods. The deer seem to be gravitating towards these new structures like this dead buck that found his final resting spot among this top. His antlers lay just feet away. His bases were red but not bloody and nothing was obvious as to what killed him. It was cold, my son was sleeping in on my back, the sun was setting and it wasn't the time to be rolling around a dead deer. I might head back tomorrow to check him out a little more.

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Group shot:

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nice . im starting to get the itch to go. not that fun in the pines its so hard to see.

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Took my son out last Sunday to look around in this one piece where I've been lucky to find a few over the past few years. I was pretty sure we wouldn't find any this early; usually, in late Feb early March is the best time where I look. I told him that if he found any, I would give him $5 a shed and a $1 for every point. As we were walking, he asked, a shed is like a bone, right?" I said, "yeah, you could say that." A little further down the path, he wants to know how much if he finds any bones. I figured first time out, he isn't going to find anything, so I offer .25 per bone and .50 for a skull. Damn if he didn't take me for $15.00 in bones. It was a good experience for him and we had a blast. He's only get paid for antlers next time.

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