Shed hunters head for Oregon’s hills

In March, you can hunt for mushrooms. Or rabbits. Or you can fish several lakes in the Columbia Basin.
   Or, you can scour the woods for shed antlers.
   What are shed antlers? Deer and elk grow and lose their antlers annually. They shed them around March, and then hormones trigger a new pair to sprout.
   Many people value shed antlers. The bigger, the better to mount on walls as trophies, and you don’t have to kill an animal to get them. The problem is, elk and deer drop their antlers one side at a time, so it’s hard to find pairs.
   And when they first fall to the ground in the great outdoors, their dark color blends in with downed branches, making them hard to detect.
   For some southern Oregon families, March is prime shed-antler season, as reported in this Medford Mail Tribune article.

by  Jon Osterberg



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