Sheds & Cuddebacks: The Perfect Scouting Tool

Sheds & Cuddebacks: The Perfect Scouting Tool

I usually start shed hunting as soon as the snow disappears in hopes of finding the sheds before mice, squirrels, and other rodents destroy them.  Starting out I try to hit all the areas near food plots, because the deer are consistently going to food during the late season.  I also check fence gaps, creek crossings, and their main bedding areas.  It's a great way to get out and check for sign, see where the deer have been living, and I always bring orange tape along just in case I find another perfect tree stand location.

As spring gets closer, I am always keeping an eye open for sheds whether I'm turkey hunting, planting food plots, or setting new stands. Remember; if you find a big shed don't stop looking until you find the other side!  Normally when these big bucks drop one side they feel so lopsided that they will try to get rid of the other side within a short distance.  Mark where you found the first big shed and then circle around that spot until the other side turns up.

Not only do I enjoy finding sheds of all sizes, I really like matching them up with my Cuddeback photos throughout the year.  The sheds I found at above were from an elusive buck.  Only one person saw him and we never had a single photo on the trail cameras.  The sheds I'm holding in the photo below were a completely different story.  I guess you could call him Hollywood...



 

The first photo came while he was still in velvet, and throughout the season we kept getting more and more photos.  In fact, one hunter was lucky enough to get a shot on him but his arrow hit the buck in the neck.  With a small blood trail it was obvious this buck wasn't going to die from the shot, but infection later on is always a concern.  We were reassured once he started showing up on the Cuddeback's again a few weeks later.  Lastly finding his sheds sealed the deal that this big guy survived and should be a real bruiser this fall.  He may even have a crazy rack from the arrow wound in his neck, but only time will tell!

The sheds scored 176-inches if you give him a 17-inch spread.  If you look at the Cuddeback photo close, you can see he really isn't that old of a buck.  Hopefully this year some lucky hunter can see this big guy up close and personal! Maybe even me :D



GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Is That a Grizzly Bear?

Is That a Grizzly Bear?

Kevin Steele and Jason Morton are above the Arctic Circle pursuing grizzly bears in Alaska and put a stalk on what they believe is a good one.

Top Ten Hunts

Top Ten Hunts

Here at Petersen's Hunting we have compiled the 10 best hunts caught on camera from the last 2 years of Petersen's Hunting TV. Enjoy!

Moon Phase Rut Tips

Moon Phase Rut Tips

John Dudley, technical writer and host of Nock On TV discusses why it's imporant to follow moon phases for the rut.

Whitetail Shot Placement

Whitetail Shot Placement

Craig Boddington breaks down where hunters should aim for the best penetration of the vitals on a whitetail deer.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Check out the new fleet of off-road options for hunters. Wheels Afield

2020 ATV Buyer's Guide

Rick Sosebee - June 23, 2020

Check out the new fleet of off-road options for hunters.

Salty capers add a burst of flavor to the sauce, which pairs beautifully with the grilled venison loin in this recipe. Recipes

Grilled Venison Loin with Caper-Mustard Sauce Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Salty capers add a burst of flavor to the sauce, which pairs beautifully with the grilled...

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians. News

The Ticks Making Hunters Allergic to Meat

David Hart

A new wave of allergies threatens to turn hunters into vegetarians.

Since the first explorers and pilgrims landed, the inhabitants of this glorious country have been Shooting

7 Favorite Truck Guns

Joseph von Benedikt - May 11, 2015

Since the first explorers and pilgrims landed, the inhabitants of this glorious country have...

See More Trending Articles

More Whitetail

Life get in the way of your time in the woods this season? Don't fret. These spots are open late just for you. Whitetail

Late Hunts — Where to Fill Your Deer Tag Right Now

Jeff Johnston

Life get in the way of your time in the woods this season? Don't fret. These spots are open...

Digital Editor Emily Kantner traveled to Southwest Texas to chase whitetails and put the new Yamaha side-by-sides to the test. Whitetail

Texas Whitetail Hunting with Yamaha's New Side-By-Sides

Emily Kantner

Digital Editor Emily Kantner traveled to Southwest Texas to chase whitetails and put the new...

Technology is taking deer hunters, and their gear, into the future. Accessories

The Best New Deer Hunting Technology

Jeff Johnston - May 15, 2020

Technology is taking deer hunters, and their gear, into the future.

Mastering this art form can bring more big bucks to your treestand. Whitetail

The Science of Calling in Whitetails

Jeff Johnston

Mastering this art form can bring more big bucks to your treestand.

See More Whitetail

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now