Does Size Matter in Deer Shed Hunting?

Enjoy watching the video above? That's because every shed is a good shed.

All Sheds Can Measure Up to Your Shed-Hunting Standards

What makes a good shed? I say any shed is a good shed.

Obviously, we all want to find the big ones, but hey, it takes a sharp eye to spot the little ones, right? Although it’s nice to find big antlers, it’s not necessarily the big ones that are most desirable.

Often, having a history with a deer drives us to find his antlers and makes finding them that much more meaningful. It’s always nice to find sheds from a buck that you’ve been hunting or that you have scouting cam pics of. It’s also really cool to get multiple sheds from the same buck. Unusually shaped antlers are cool too.

Antlers are unique and they are just fun to collect. Sometimes sheds are special because of the place where we found them or who we were with at the time. Of all the sheds I’ve found, it isn’t always the big ones that I like the best. Like anyone, I have my favorites.

One set from several years ago stands out. I call the buck Big Bad Gene. The main beams are really thick, but the points are really short. The bases are huge. I think the buck was old enough to be going downhill.

I also really like some sheds I got from a buck I call Short and Stout. I found his left antler from three years in a row, and his right antler just once. All of his sheds were found within about 200 yards of each other. What’s amazing about this deer is his antlers grew very little each year. Even cooler is the fact that I never saw this deer or tried to get a picture of him.

None of the sheds from Big Bad Gene or from Short and Stout are huge, but they are unique and special. Well, all my antlers are special. Pull any one out of my antler pile and I can probably tell you where I found it. There’s just something about sheds that fires me up. Can’t wait to got find some more!

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Primos Buck Roar Call

Primos Buck Roar Call

The Buck ROAR reproduces a deep, resonating aggressive grunt that is made by bucks during the rut. Bucks make this aggressive grunt when they are trying to get an Estrus doe to stop or to warn other bucks to get away from the hot doe they are trailing. Now you can reproduce that aggressive grunt sound bucks make when their testosterone levels are through the roof.

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How to Make Fleischkuekle (a.k.a. Meat Pie!)

I’m not exactly sure why, but I’m pretty much obsessed with meat pies of all types. Maybe it’s the influence of all those cabbage burgers I ate as a kid, or the omnipresent Runza restaurants in Lincoln, Neb., where I went to college. Whatever the reason, whenever I stumble upon another iteration of the ground-meat-in-dough phenomenon, I get excited to try it. My current obsession is fleischkuekle, a type of meat pie in a flaky, pastry-type dough that is fried rather than baked. It has its roots in the Germans from Russia who helped populate the Great Plains in the late 19th century. Coincidentally, I lived near the Germans from Russia Museum in Lincoln, yet somehow never had a fried meat pie until recently.

In researching the fleischkuekle phenomenon, I found a good recipe from the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Apparently they are incredibly popular in North Dakota, where they can be found in many diners. Of course, I’ve adapted the recipe to include ground venison in place of beef burger. My research also discovered that nearly every recipe includes a warning. Make sure you tear a small hole in the corner of the pie after frying to drain the hot oil, lest you end up with a scalded tongue.

Now, if I can just figure out how to pronounce it.

Fleischkuekle Recipe

– Dough
– 5 ½ cups flour
– 1 tsp. baking powder
– 1 tsp. baking soda
– 1 tsp. sugar
– dash of salt
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp. sour cream
– 1 1/2 c. buttermilk

– 2 lbs. ground venison
– 1/2 cup bread crumbs
– 1 egg, beaten
– 1 Tbsp. minced onion
– Salt and pepper to taste

1. Whisk dry ingredients together in large bowl.

2. Add the egg, buttermilk, and sour cream, and blend together using your hands, kneading until a smooth dough is formed.

3. Let the dough sit for one hour, then roll flat and cut into 4-inch squares.

4. Mix filling ingredients together, much as you would if you were making meatballs.

5. Place a little more than a teaspoon of filling onto one side of each square.

6. Moisten the edge of the dough with a little water and fold the other half of the square over the filling. Pinch to seal.

7. Deep fry in 350-degree oil for about two minutes per side.



Everything You Need To Know To Get Started Finding Shed Antlers via North American Whitetail

By Mark Kenyon We’re keeping the shed hunting know-how flowing here on Wired To Hunt, in part because I know some of you are or will be shed hunting soon. But mostly because I’m suffering from shed hunting withdrawals, as the foot or two of snow we’ve had in Michigan for the past…

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Smith & Wesson CKSUR1 Bullseye Search and Rescue Fixed Blade Knife

Smith & Wesson CKSUR1 Bullseye Search and Rescue Fixed Blade Knife

Heavy-duty nylon sheath has synthetic liner, metal reinforcements and lashing slots” and “The heavy duty nylon sheath is constructed with a hard synthetic liner and metal reinforcements. The sheath also includes a D ring, lashing slots, and a front mounted nylon storage pouch with Velcro closure.” to “Heavy Duty Nylon Sheath”

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Can You Hunt for a Living? Pat Reeve’s Advice on Deer Talk Now

Pat and Nicole Reeve Saskatchewan

Pat Reeve of Driven TV joins Dan Schmidt and Brad Rucks for the Feb. 26, 2014, edition of Deer Talk Now, the Deer & Deer Hunting online show.

In one of the most entertaining and informative episodes in the history of the show, Pat describes for Dan and Brad how he worked to launch Driven TV, his outlook on the hunting lifestyle, his love of shed hunting, and his wife Nicole Reeve’s hunting prowess. Pat and Nicole Reeve SaskatchewanAmong the topics discussed,

  • Pat Reeve’s advice for finding the job you love.
  • What you need to know before you try to launch your own TV show. (“I’ve eaten a lot of macaroni and cheese and Ramen noodles.”)
  • Trophy Whitetails with Pat & Nicole Reeve: The exhaustive process of putting your life’s work into a book, including pulling together more than two dozen book-exclusive video clips.
  • Shed Hunting: How to fill a truck full of sheds …. and get back across the border.
  • Nicole Reeve: Is she the best female hunter? ([Critics] need to pay my taxidermy bill. They’ll learn real quick she’s not just eye candy.”)
  • What’s coming next for the Driven TV team: A musk ox hunt in the Arctic, shed hunting in Canada, and a month in a tent on Kodiak Island in search of a brown bear with a bow.
  • With a cameo from Nicole!



Ted Nugent: Meet My New Best Deer Huntin’ Buddy!

Theodore Nugent with Doe

The streets of New York City were wet and nasty on October 28, 1968 as I trudged back to my hotel after a long day of serious, and what turned out to be historical rock-n-roll recording. My killer band, The Amboy Dukes were laying down some more blistering tracks of firebreathing all American R&B&R&R and I was literally walking on air, giddy with youthful musical exuberance.

My girlfriend was at the hotel with our brand new son, Theodore Fleetwood Nugent, and we both knew that we were not ready to raise a child, so we reluctantly handed off this beautiful baby to a Catholic adoption agency, certain we were doing the right thing.

Life blazed on, and his mother and I drifted apart as teenage lovers are wont to do, but I never stopped thinking about little Fleetwood throughout the very intense adventure that my amazing career provided. The adoption papers were sealed, so the last thing I wanted to do was intervene and possibly disrupt the life Fleetwood was living with his new family.

Well, long story short, on October 28, 2010, on his 42nd birthday, the planets aligned, and with the help of his sister Louisa (another amazing story unto itself) the three of us met together for the very 1st time since his birth, and what a wonderful, glorious, emotional and incredibly happy reunion it was!

Both Fleetwood and Louisa were raised by wonderful, loving families, and the fact that they both grew into great Americans is testimony to the love of adopted families.

Fleetwood had never shot a bow or crossbow or handgun or rifle or hunted or fished or trapped or eaten venison, so I knew right away that I had a lot of catching up to do in order to bring him into the Nugent lifestyle.

And he caught on immediately and fell in love with allthings dad! Being brought up in Brooklyn, New York, he was very excited to plunge into the great Spirit of the Wild with his dad, so we set out to get him his hunter safety certification and get him into a deerstand ASAP.

Practicing all day with his Excalibur Matrix crossbow, he came off like William Tell in very short order. We were in the glorious rut zone of November in Michigan, so we geared up and headed for a favorite Shadow Hunter elevated blind where an emerald greed foodplot bisected a towering stand of white pines and a vast marsh.

Father and son whispered many a life’s story in the blind that afternoon, but eventually deer began to appear from the puckerbrush for a dusk feed. One giant old swampdonkey doe cautiously ambled into crossbow range, and patiently Fleetwood focused on his newly celebrated predator task at hand, zeroed in on the old gal, silently snicked off the safety, took careful aim, and let the Muzzy deathray fly.

You may have witnessed the intensity of the moment on Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild television recently, but in the adrenalin overload of the moment, we both thought he had shot over the doe. Expressing much bewilderment and frustration, Fleetwood descended to retrieve his Lumenok glowing bolt, only to discover his projectile coated in blood! Well hallelujah and pass the SpiritWild joy, for shortly thereafter, a very excited father and son tracked a lovely bloodtrail to a very dead doe and rejoiced the baptismal bowhunt for my long lost son, Theodore Fleetwood Nugent.

What a day, what a moment, what a hunt, what a son! As the owner operator of three successful restaurants in Brooklyn, Fleetwood knows the essence of quality meat, and he couldn’t wait to gut, clean, hang, skin and butcher his hard earned prize of ultimate, hands on, personally harvested venison.

To say Fleetwood is hooked on the Spirit of the Wild is a gargantuan understatement. He is already booked for a spring bear hunt in Alaska and can’t wait to deer hunt this fall in Michigan and Texas with his dad and family. His two beautiful young daughters Perry and Emma fell in love with archery and with his beautiful wife Danielle, the Nugent deercamp will be overflowing with very happy family again this coming fall.

Welcome home son. I love you. It is so good to have another best hunting buddy in the Nugent camp.

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MTM Ammo Can (Forest Green)

MTM Ammo Can (Forest Green)

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This O-Ring sealed ammo can is molded out of rugged polypropylene plastic with a reinforced bottom. They are tough, durable and water resistant. It is also as versatile as it is sturdy.

It can be used for bulk ammo, boxed ammo, decoy weights or even food for your canine hunting companion. It offers a heavy-duty latch, double padlock tabs and molded in stacking ridges for slip resistant stacking. Holds up to 25 pounds and can be used for storage in damp basements.

Inside Dimensions: 7.5”(L) x 13”(W) x 7.25”(H)
Outside Dimensions: 8.7”(L) x 15.5”(W) x 9”(H)

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