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Elk Shed Hunting

March 14, 2012 - I stumbled across this shed recently, mostly hiding... (scroll down to see more)

Elk Shed Hunting

I stumbled across this shed recently, mostly hiding in a crust of snow. It's a super-heavy five point and I couldn't find its pair, but I'll climb back up to this remote area north of Missoula, MT to look again when I'll have less snow to battle. Maybe this bull will be a super six-point by August. Or maybe he'll be another five-point and has never been a six-point bull. Or, he's an old bull on the decline and this is as good as he could do in 2011. I don't really care because I love them all and I'm just happy to run around in the mountains as much as I do!

If you're interested in shed hunting, this is a great time of the year to do it. Before you head out, however, make sure that the area you want to hike isn't closed. Taking sheds from closed areas is called POACHING. So, keep in mind that often, elk winter range on State Wildlife Management Areas and other public land is closed until the spring, giving stressed out animals a chance to make it through the winter undisturbed. This area I hiked recently is tough to get to and few people go there, but it can be legally accessed. However, a large easily accessed area to the south is closed, thankfully, to protect wintering elk.

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