Tracking Antlers in a Bucks World

Tracking Antlers in a Bucks World

The first step to becoming a good deer tracker is learning to identify the tracks of a buck from a doe. This is easier said than done, and there is many a tracker who has followed the trail of a paddle footed doe. Yet there remain some general guidelines that help to assure that you are indeed tracking a buck. First and foremost is size. Bucks are generally larger than does and therefore they simply leave bigger tracks. The hoof prints of a buck are wider and longer than a doe’s most of the time. Yet trackers don’t just start following a big deer track, as another factor of finding a buck’s track is the depth of the print itself. An adult buck is a heavy animal that carries his weight in his chest.  His tracks will leave a distinct impression in the snow and will often punch all the way down to the earth.

Ethics of shed hunting

Ethics of shed hunting

Photo credit: Shane Kreitzer

Shed hunting has grown significantly over the past several years. Now just about every hunter I know spends at least a couple days every spring combing the hills hoping to pick up some brown gold and truthfully, despite what my wife says, it makes sense.