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Have any of you all tried an antler trap for collecting sheds? If so did it work and what did you use?

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  • Have any of you all tried an antler trap for collecting sheds? If so did it work and what did you use?

    Have any of you all tried an antler trap for collecting sheds? If so did it work and what did you use?

  • #2
    I just built one this year and have not had any sheds fall off in it yet. I took two square bales and put them in a V shape, over the top I positioned an oil steel gate. I put corn in the "bottom" of the V. My hope was that they would have to eat out of the open end of the bales but bump the gate when they had to reach under it. I did have a photo of a doe sticking her head between the slots in the gate, so I guess that would help bump their horns off also. I checked my trail camera last weekend and still have bucks with horns.

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    • #3
      I tried something similar several years ago but used woven wire to make the "V". The squirrels kept the corn cleaned up and I never collected a shed. Was talking to someone a couple weeks ago about it and he said he heard of someone else who had tried it and had success using horse feed instead of corn.

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      • #4
        While I admit I haven't personally tried them, I've always been skeptical about their effectiveness, because if antlers were knocked off that easily, then I should find sheds in bushes, under low-hanging branches, etc. all the the time, but I don't - most of mine are found in fairly open areas.

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        • #5
          My antler trap is a recurve or longbow and an arrow placed just so....
          I have pictures of a few of the antlers harvested in this manner in my OL profile. ;D
          later,
          charlie

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          • #6
            Thats the truth charlie I have one of those also. I like my 25-06 antler trap!!!

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            • #7
              25-06 makes a good trap too. ;D
              That way the antlers are a fresh looking brown/tan and you have a nice piece of fur to display them on.
              later,
              charlie

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