Hunting Prepardness

Hunting Shed Antlers Part 1

Hunting shed antlers is a favorite activity among sportsmen, which is why so many Utahns and Wyomingites partake in this activity.


While it is becoming more popular, the sport of shed hunting actually goes back to prehistoric times and cave dwellers. If you are unfamiliar with shed hunting, it is the pursuit of searching for antler-bearing mammals, such as deer, moose, and elk, that have naturally fallen off after the rut in late winter, near February and March. It also helps hunters keep an inventory of elusive bucks that made it through the hunting season. With shed hunting season fast approaching, we’re taking a deep dive into the sport.

Continue reading to learn more.

When is the Best Time to Hunt for Shed Antlers?

Most mammals, specifically whitetails, begin to drop their antlers close to the beginning of the year; however, most drop theirs in February and March. It’s important to note that harsh winter and other conditions can cause deer and other mammals stress that can cause them to drop their antlers earlier. It’s safe to say, by the first of April, nearly all bucks will have dropped their antlers. 


Planning when to go shed hunting can be a bit tricky. You don’t want to go too early because you might push these massive animals out of their refuge, but you don’t want to go too late and miss out on all the action. Wildlife agencies in several states have implemented a shed antler season and shed hunting regulations to help minimize the stress on wildlife. As you plan your excursions, keep the wildlife in mind. If you do encounter wildlife of any kind during your outing, make sure to give them plenty of space, enough that they won’t even sense your presence.

 

Look ahead to warmer spring days and plan your trips then. Long-persistent snow can keep you from heading to the hills for shed hunting; however, it also means deer make their way further down the mountains and into yards and human-inhabited areas, making shed hunting a bit easier. The first big melt in February, early March, once it has rained, can reveal previously hidden sheds and maybe a great time to go.

Reasons to Go Shed Hunting

There are many reasons why an outdoorsman hunts for shed antlers, including:

  • The hunt itself is enjoyable, and finding a fresh shed antler or two is rewarding.
  • The antlers make for great home and office decor.
  • One can gather a lot of valuable information about the mammals who shed their antlers, which can aid in next season’s hunting strategies and plan.
  • Shed antlers can be sold for economic gain. Many collectors, furniture and decor artisans and craftsmen, and health specialists are interested in buying the shed antlers you find.

Contact R & K Hunting Company 

Hunting for shed antlers is an exciting sport. It is a great way to spend your spring as you wait for your next hunting season and adventure with the experts at R & K Hunting Company.

Our knowledgeable and skilled professionals will give you a once in a lifetime Rocky Mountain hunting experience in Utah or Wyoming. Our expert guides have years of experience and insider tips and tricks that will leave you wanting to come back, season after season! Contact us to book your next hunting trip with R & K Hunting Company today.

Is Camouflage Face Paint Necessary?

Dressing head to toe in the best camouflage is pointless unless your face and neck are covered, too, which is why camouflage face paint is essential. 

The slightest movement of a bare face and neck can be a dead giveaway as your skin catches the light. How does one combat this problem, you might ask? By wearing the proper face paint.
Learn more about this type of face paint below.


The Basics of Camouflage for Your Face


To completely blend into your surroundings, you may want to consider wearing a camo mask or using face paint. 

 

CAMOUFLAGE FACE MASK — Masks are good options for a couple of reasons: they are incredibly convenient, as they can easily be taken on or off. The other is that they keep your face warm in colder hunting temps. However, masks can be a bit of a burden. Make sure the mask you use doesn’t block your peripheral vision, that it is comfortable for all-day wear, and that, if you’re bow hunting, it won’t snag your bowstring.

 

CAMOUFLAGE FACE PAINT — Camo face paint requires a lot more effort to put on and take off; though, you don’t have to stress or fuss over the fit. Hunters enjoy using face paint because they can experiment with the patterns, colors, and techniques. The combinations hunters come up with can lean towards the practical side, while others like to blur the line between fashion and function.

 

Practical Face Paint — Practical face paint is used to cover up shine, break up harsh outlines, and blend into the surrounding scenery. You can easily achieve this by using face painting random patterns on your face in several different colors. By applying blotches of brown, tan, black, and green paint to your cheeks and forehead, you’ll disappear into the background.

 

Another method with practical face paint to consider is a technique inspired by nature called countershading. Think about when a light is held over an object; its top or higher points appear lighter, and its bottom looks darker. This gives the object an obvious silhouette. Countershading, however, reverses this effect. When you countershade your face, by applying darker colors to the high points of your face, such as your nose, chin, cheekbones, and forehead, and color your lower points in lighter colors, like the hollows of your eyes and cheeks.

 

Fashion Face Paint — For the creative and experimental hunters or someone who wants a more photogenic look, fashionable face paint might be more your speed. Your creativity is your only limit when it comes to fashion face paint, but to get you started, here are a couple of ideas:

 

Rock and Roll: Similar to rock band makeup, use black camo paint to paint a wide bar across your face, over your nose, and below each eye, and smear your fingers down your cheeks.

 

Striped Tiger: Draw diagonal strips down your face from the top of your forehead to your jawline in whatever camo color you’d like.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Blend into your surroundings with camouflage face paint as you hunt with a stand out hunting guide! The professionals at R & K Hunting Company have years of experience and offer several guided hunts in various locations throughout the beautiful terrain in Utah and Wyoming. Book your next exciting Rocky Mountain hunting adventure with our experts by calling us today!

Tips For Setting Up A Trail Camera

Thanks to modern-day technology, like the trail camera, scouting wild animals from afar is possible. Not only is it possible, but it is also fun!

One of the best ways to prepare for your hunt is to go scouting. While scouting is a great hunting tactic, it is not always possible because of everyday responsibilities and obligations.

Learn more about setting up trail cameras below.

What is a Trail Camera?

If you are new to hunting, you may not be familiar with trail cameras. A trail cam is a modern hunting tool that uses motion sensors to take photos when animals walk by. They boast excellent battery life and, depending on the storage capabilities of your SD card, can store thousands of pictures. You can easily upload the images to your computer or, if your camera can, send photos via cellular network.

Where to Set up a Camera

Location, location, location. Like real estate, location is everything. A camera is best set up near a food source or mineral site. A well-placed cam will allow you to survey animals from afar while giving you a decent idea on the herd’s size, age class, and surrounding area.

PRO TIP: An exceptionally ideal place to set up your trail cam is at an intersection of several trails. Setting up here will allow you to obtain valuable information regarding animal movement patterns as they move from bedding to feeding areas and back.

Camera Placement and Settings

Most trail cams have different settings or “modes.” Find a setting that best suits your needs and select that mode. A common choice among hunters is a single shot with 10-15 seconds between each picture. However, if you find a place to set up your camera next to a food source, you may want to extend the time between photos to avoid filling your memory card with duplicate images.

Mount your camera at about waist height. This puts the sensor at just the right height for deer and will give you the best pictures. However, if you are on public land, you may want to place your camera well above eye level, pointing downwards to avoid unwanted attention from other hunters.

PRO TIP: For better images, make sure you do not set up your cam directly facing the rising or setting sun. You will get higher quality images with a north-facing camera since your pictures will not be as overexposed.

Checking Your Camera

Checking the images on your camera is nearly as exciting as Christmas morning for outdoorsmen. However, it is essential to practice self-control. The more you check it, the more disruption you will cause. Too much disturbance and human activity can cause deer to change their habits and travel patterns.

PRO TIP: The best time to check your camera is midday since deer are most active during the morning and evening. Even better, check it on a rainy day so your scent washes away sooner.

Contact R & K Hunting Company

Using a trail camera is a great way to scout from afar and is a great hunting tactic that all hunters should use. Another useful tactic is to book your next hunt with a professional guide from R & K Hunting Company. Our knowledgeable and skilled guides have years of experience in Utah and Wyoming and are trusted by hunters everywhere. Book your next hunt with us today and learn why hunters come back season after season.