International Shed Hunting with the ScentBlocker Pros

I'll never forget the sight. More of an excuse to get my kids out of the house than anything, our “shed” hunting trip didn't last long. But... it didn't need to either. Barely peeking out of a fresh crust of snow, two tiny tines were reaching out toward the sky. I hollered loudly for my dad and sons... similar to how I get everyone's attention when the first morel mushroom of the season has been found. “Guys... check it out, my first shed...” The boys- both quite young, were less than impressed, but my dad thought it was pretty cool. A small forkhorn shed, from a buck we passed all season long. With a bit of fresh blood and hair on the pedicle, I could tell it hadn't been off for long. I think God wanted me to become a shed hunter because he certainly blessed me with the gift of that shed antler. As soon as I touched it I felt something primal. Man has been obsessed with antlers for countless generations and being the first human to hold this antler felt amazing. Ever since then, I've tried to learn as much as I could to become a better shed hunter.


I know for a fact I'm not the only one out there who is interested in learning more about this sport. Shed hunting is becoming an international obsession, and for good reason. Everyone can be involved, and it can be as challenging or easy and one makes it. Not only are shed antlers from all sorts of animals worth a lot of money, but hunting for them is a great way to involve the family, and like I did with my kids- get everyone outdoors for some fresh air and exercise.


Working with ScentBlocker has allowed me many cool opportunities. They've flown me around the world, and helped me make new lifelong friends. I've had a chance to work with some of the biggest celebrities in the outdoor industry, and learned a lot from them along the way. Shed hunting is always a topic of conversation because it represents potential for the following year. I try to ascertain what it means to them, how they started, and what they’ve learned about the areas and deer they hunt by seeking sheds late in winter.


Cody Robbins' buddy "Shaner" with a monster whitetail shed. Cody Robbins' buddy "Shaner" with a monster whitetail shed.

Cody and Kelsy Robbins- Live2Hunt

Hailing from the frozen north, Cody and Kelsy Robbins call Saskatchewan home. Due to the overwhelming and dangerous amount of snow the Robbins' receive each year- they often take a unique approach to shed hunting. Equipped with snow mobiles, the Robbins' shed hunting team takes to the fields and forests while riding the machines. Then with high quality optics, when they do spot a shed, they simply drive up to it and retrieve. Often the show is very deep, where the animals can walk on it, but humans may sink deep. Cody starts his hunt for sheds a bit earlier than most, but being way north in cold Canada allows for it. Generally the animals shed earlier the farther north they are, so Cody and Kelsy get a head start on everyone else. Cody starts his hunt for sheds where the animals were eating, and works his way out from there. He doesn't always have to use a snowmobile, but prefers to because he can cover a lot more ground that way.


Shaner with another. Shaner with another.

One story I heard about Canadian shed hunting sounded almost too good to be true... but I know it is. A local cattle rancher had a huge pile of hay out. The local deer were not only eating the hay, but living on it! Needless to say, once shed season started many antlers were collected around the pile of hay. With the potential for elk, moose, whitetail and mule deer antlers, I hope to shed hunt Canada one day.







Tyler with a beautiful whitetail shed. Tyler with a beautiful whitetail shed.

Tyler Zygmunt- Professional Trapper

One of ScentBlocker’s Pro-Staff, also calling Canada home, is Tyler Zygmunt of Ontario. By following his popular Facebook page, you get the idea that he’s a modern day mountain man -posting loads of success photos of predators in the field. Among many other things, Tyler is a professional trapper. I assumed Tyler sold all of the sheds he finds, but I learned that's not the case. “I don't sell them, it's one of those things that I just love to do, everything I find comes down in my basement and I keep on collecting. It is hard here because we don't have the deer numbers here like you guys do there, and our moose numbers are not the greatest right now either. But I keep plugging away. I love finding antlers, it gives me a boost knowing that the animal made it another year, moose or deer. Nothing beats the fact of knowing monster moose like this made the most of the winter and are likely going be around next year! So many wolves around its really amazing that they do make the winters”.



A matching set of moose sheds Tyler found. A matching set of moose sheds Tyler found.

Tyler is one heck of a trapper and a moose hunter too, and continues to do his part to make sure he has more moose and deer sheds to hunt each winter by controlling the predator population. “I'm trying to help the whole predator problem by assisting hunters as a licensed outfitter, as well as trapping wolves, along with coyotes!”





A recent set of sheds Aaron found. A recent set of sheds Aaron found.

Aaron Zimmerman- New Bearing Media

A bit further south- and still in the heart of big whitetail country, our next pro Aaron Zimmerman calls central Ohio home. Aaron is generally hunting small pieces of property, with a high amount of hunting pressure. “Where I have had the most success is looking in any areas where deer congregate. I spend the most time in staging areas, feeding areas, main travel routes, and bedding areas. I don't waste time zig-zagging for the off chance of finding a shed. Where possible I will get a high vantage point on a cut bean field or cornfield and glass for sheds. Knowing where the herd beds, I will watch my trail cameras until a buck shows up after shedding. Once I see that I will just walk the trail back to his bedding area and will typically find them along the way. I'm careful to only go into a bedding area one time during late February. Whether I find any sheds or not I will not go in again.”


Aaron's logic and strategy also make a lot of sense for his location. It is especially important on small properties to not look too early and risk bumping deer that haven't shed yet off of the property. I personally have bumped antlered deer out of their winter beds and watched them run away, kicking myself for now having no clue where they'll drop their racks.


Shed hunting is an absolute riot, and a great way to beat cabin fever. Not only is it a great excuse to get outside, but it's a great time to invade bedding areas with little or no consequence while formulating a plan for the next season. So get out this winter and try shed hunting, and when you find your first shed, or your hundredth, be sure to send us pictures.

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