Looking for Deer Sheds Every spring a very interesting thing happens in the life of a whitetail deer buck. The spring marks an opportunity for him to shed his ornate antlers from the year before and try to grow a pair of larger, more dominant ones. Its kind of like an opportunity to take the next step up towards being the dominant male in the herd. For many hunters and nature lovers, spring is already a great time to be in the woods. But for deer hunters in particular, warmer days mean a chance to find a shed from those bucks that evaded you the previous season. For others, finding a shed can provide a great souvenir from a day in the woods. Deer lose antlers in much the same way young people lose teeth. They begin to loosen without the deer even being aware of it. Gradually, they become so loose that any sudden impact or movement can jar them loose. For these reasons, people looking for sheds often visit food plots. While deer are stretching their necks down to graze, gravity may well assist in pulling that antler off. If not in the food plots, another popular place to find sheds is along trails leading to and from the food plots. Often times, overhanging branches provide just enough of a snag to pull that loose antlers right off of the deers head. Obviously, there are only a few deer around that can provide a really nice shed. In addition, once the antlers are left on the ground they are often grazed on by smaller animals such as squirrels and mice. These animals gather their calcium requirements by chewing on the bone-like antlers. Both of these factors combine to make a really nice shed a rare find. Some people are just naturally lucky at finding them. Ive been in the woods with three different people before who found a shed lying beside of their feet. I, on the other hand, always have my eyes peeled to the forest floor in the spring time and have yet to find a shed. The neat thing about finding sheds is that it takes very little skill. An experienced woodsman is no more likely to find one then a novice. Whichever of those you may be, keep your eyes open for a shed this spring. One could be lying just beyond your next step.