Polk County Conservation

Deer Antlers

  • When do deer shed their antlers and where are the best places to find them? I have always wanted to find one. If I do find one, can I keep it?

    Male deer grow antlers to impress females during mating season. By January or February the antlers will drop because they are no longer needed. Shed antlers are difficult to find because rodents eat them quickly for the calcium. Sometimes you can find ones that are partially eaten. You’ll want to look along deer trails between where deer bed down at night and their feeding areas. Deer often bed down on south facing slopes out of the wind. If you do find a shed antler you can keep it. You don’t have to wait until the snow melts. I was lucky enough to step on a shed last winter while snowshoeing. Good luck!

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