This season has given shed hunters a huge advantage on finding that monster that eluded them or the buck they passed on last fall.
For the south east states and especially Virginia this year’s acorn crop was non existent. As far as bearing oaks in the white oak family, they were no where to be found. We did find plenty of red oaks that were dropping. The red oak has more tannic acid than white oaks which makes its acorns taste bitter and in our region the competing soy bean and corn fields won the toss.
The reason the acorn rarity has benefited shed hunters so greatly this season is because deer are spending much more time in the AG fields during their shedding season. Most AG fields during late January, February and March are holding new sprouts and young winter wheat shoots. This is much easier work for the deer than searching for what few acorns the squirrels have left behind. With the majority of a bucks mobile time spent in the fields it’s much easier to find their sheds when they drop. Which is a heck of a lot better than beating your way through the cut overs and timber stands with limited visibility.
There’s still a few weeks before farmers start prepping their fields for the growing season. If you have property or a place to hunt with AG fields this is the year it’s worth a walk.