Whitetail Deer Shed Antler

A Shed Antler

A Whitetail Shed Antler

I do a lot of shed antler hunting during this time of year and I don’t take my camera most of the time because of the thick brush I search around.

Gathering shed antlers or “sheds” attracts dedicated practitioners who refer to it colloquially as shed hunting, bone picking or sometimes clinting (a term that originated in Cascade, Idaho, but is now more widely used). In the United States, the middle of December to the middle of February is considered shed hunting season, when deer, elk, and moose begin to shed. Sheds often accumulate in one area, and these areas are often kept secret by those who hunt there.

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  1. mary sonis November 19, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    Dear Steve, I am in the market for a new camera, and I love your work. We photograph many of the same subjects, and I too spend a great deal of time wandering in the woods. What are you using right now , if you don’t mind my asking. I know you told me you have a 500mm fixed lens for some of the shots (your work could make anyone want to buy one) but I don’t know what camera body to even start with…
    Thank you for sharing your fantastic shots on your website.
    Mary Sonis

  2. Steve Creek November 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm #


    I use the Canon 40D and the Canon Mark 3. I have used the Canon XTi and it was also a great camera.

    My walk around lens is the Canon 100-400 but when I can I prefer to use the Canon 500 f4.

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