"Sure!" is the usual response! Now I have something new to search for.
|Tigger's twin brother in December|
|Tigger's twin under the bird feeder!|
There are some tricks to it.
When are they shed?
|I spotted Tigger, our young buck, on December 13th.|
He'd lost one antler.
How to search
Firstly, you should find them as early in the shedding season as possible. Many forest critters gnaw on the antlers for the calcium content. This can happen quite quickly.
Secondly, look for a stream where you know the deer to cross. There are places on the far side of a stream where the deer will jump and jar the antlers.
Thirdly, a tree line, where the deer frequently walk nibbling leaf buds.
|young buck, with antlers just beginning to grow|
|White tail - Following the trail|
|deer bed in the forest|
|A young deer, sitting in her bed!|
|Signage for a winter yard|
|Tigger follows Oliver|
Our wetland is a place where the females gather for warmth. We seldom see the bucks, though. I will have some hunting to do!
|Tigger (foreground) and his twin brother|
|Tigger and Ollie were great buddies!|
He'd follow us on our forest walks,
his twin close behind in the forest.