Who likes antlers???


Holy cow it’s been forever since I have posted! How has everyone been? Is there even anyone reading anymore?  I wouldn’t be surprised if there wasn’t.  But even if there aren’t any readers I shall share what we have been up to.

Shed hunting season is here again!  This is the time of year we spend extra amounts of time in the woods, by we I mean me and the Mr. and the dogs.  Yes we get out pretty often anyhow, especially on weekends, but the outings lately usually have a certain purpose in mind. Antlers!  It takes a loooooottttt of looking to find them but I think we are getting better at it somehow. Here are some finds from this year and some other fun photos. Those that follow me on Instagram probably have seen all of these already.

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Chris found this really nice one smack in the middle of the trail, if I had looked right a second before him I would have seen it.

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And we are becoming quite talented at finding chewed up ones. I will share our entire collection to date once the season is over. A fair share are chewed on by critters.

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This one came right after I had just said “where are all the antlers at!” I looked up and there it was in a patch of grass. Too funny.IMG_7219 IMG_7261

Sometimes I find other neat finds… the plants were growing into this bottle on their own.  Seems like something that someone would try and sell on Etsy
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I have always loved finding feathers too, many of them end up being brought home. Not sure why I didn’t bring this one home, my dad would have liked it for his art. I tend to collect too many things already.  This is a Turkey feather btw.

IMG_7258 After finding antlers we always get the dogs to hold them for photos too. Wyatt looks proud of this one, hopefully next season he will be helping us find them. (forgot to train him before this season)

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Luna seemed more interested in eating this one than holding it for me. Everyone always asks if ours like to chew antlers, and I feel kind of sad when I reply with “not really” and here we are with a pile of antlers. They just don’t like to work that hard for their chews I guess

IMG_7260I love her expression in this one, classic.

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Lots of deer sign, but nice rubs like this don’t usually result in a shed right under the tree like I hope. So we just keep looking.

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And other times in the middle of a field you will find ones like this.  This is the antler we are calling Bubba, our biggest find to date size wise. I love how it curled around Luna’s head in this shot.
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This is the Mr.’s latest haul, from ONE outing. In the SAME general location we had just spent 4 hours scouring with 3 sets of human eyes (our friend Ed  joined us this past weekend, I shall share photos from that later on)
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This is pretty much what our dogs looked like after our outing… the entire rest of the day.

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 Luna is not shy about taking over my spot in the bed, pillow and all. Thanks for the mud you left in the bed Luna.
Guess how much I love having a dog this tired though? Only took 4 hours of running the woods off leash. She could have kept going too. Hopefully the snow will melt before this weekend so we can shed hunt more, I can’t believe I just said that. I love snow, darn the adult in me.

 

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About Anna

I am a native of Virginia but recently relocated to Maryland I often feel I am simply a visitor... here to take note of little things people often pass by... I enjoy photography, family, the outdoors, reading, my vizsla... etc etc
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10 Responses to Who likes antlers???

  1. Claire Krigbaum says:

    Neat photos! I love the ones of the dogs holding the antlers. Rye does not chew them but Indi does. She has exceptions though, only if they are brand new or have been up in the cupboard for a while and they have to be chewed on me!

  2. Jodi says:

    Great photos (of course!) We have deer where I live. The last herd I saw had about five in it, of course I can’t get close enough to actually see if there are any males included.

    I will have to keep my eyes peeled while we’re out walking in the woods, I have noticed some trees that look like that in the area, so there must be at least one male deer running about somewhere.

    And it is good to have you back, I was just wondering how you were doing!

    • Anna says:

      Yes keep your eyes peeled! If you can walk the trails the deer take and the fields they munch in you will be even more likely to find them. They can be small, we find 2 point ones and spikes pretty often too.

      Thanks for wondering about us 🙂 and for sticking around. Next month will be crazy busy at work but I was glad I could get a post up.

  3. Donna says:

    I was wondering where you went too. That sounds like a lot of fun, even if the dogs like finding the antlers more than chewing them! 🙂 Love the photos!!

    • Anna says:

      thanks, yeah it has been far too long since we posted. Just hard for me to find the time I guess. And right now I have a ton of training dogs in the kennel so I will be swamped for the next month. Glad I could post some quick ones for you all. Thanks for sticking around.

      • Donna says:

        Of course….! I’ve been known to take a blogging hiatus from time to time too…damn that “life” and “work” thing for getting in the way! LOL!

  4. Wow! Those are some nice finds—and to find that many!

    • Anna says:

      We have been looking a ton this year. clocking about 8 hours a weekend and some during the week when we have time. I am surprised we have not found more, as we just saw a group of over 20 deer running yesterday. But we know there are others who look on this land too, so they probably are getting many of the bigger ones.

  5. paws2smile says:

    Great pictures! Storm likes antlers but can get bored after awhile. Maybe I missed this in the post, but what do you do with all of them?

    • Anna says:

      We have not decided what we shall do with them all yet… so they are just collecting for now. And once again I forgot to say as much in my post lol. Sorry

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