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pplinker 01-30-2021 06:53 PM

Found a Deer Shed
 
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Was riding up the 4 wheeler trail and looked over and it was just right there in plain sight. Fairly big for this area of WV. It weighs 1/3/4 lb and the base is almost as big around as my wrist. The brow tine is 4 inches and the main tine is 8 inches.

partyofone 01-30-2021 06:58 PM

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Nice one. I found this skull a couple weeks ago.

SmirkAtTheMerc 01-30-2021 07:14 PM

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Originally Posted by partyofone (Post 3287158)
Nice one. I found this skull a couple weeks ago.

That's cool!

EmuDetector 01-30-2021 07:52 PM

Good finds! Maybe we need a post your bones thread, I come across skulls and bones pretty often in my woods.

pplinker 01-30-2021 08:19 PM

Partyofone, what kind of skull is it?

EmuDetector 01-30-2021 08:25 PM

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Originally Posted by pplinker (Post 3287179)
Partyofone, what kind of skull is it?

Looks like raccoon

partyofone 01-31-2021 12:18 AM

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Originally Posted by pplinker (Post 3287179)
Partyofone, what kind of skull is it?

Itís a red fox. The upper canines are missing. I have another one from a fox I shot years ago. I also have a coyote skull.

GroundSweeper 01-31-2021 02:10 AM

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Sweet shed! I found one decades ago while on a field trip for a forestry class :lol: everyone walked over it (I was always in the back) and I brought it home. Nickel in the pic for attempt at scale. Love it.

Years earlier, wondering out in the high desert of southeast AZ, found the hispid cotton rat skull under a creosote bush, found the coyote skull in the same area but further out.

Also have a cow skull found in a wash on the creek/road out to what used to be family homestead. Will have to get a pic later as itís out hanging on the shed...

pplinker 01-31-2021 08:27 AM

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Originally Posted by EmuDetector (Post 3287170)
Good finds! Maybe we need a post your bones thread, I come across skulls and bones pretty often in my woods.

Well you need to take some pictures! I once found a deer skeleton that some hunter didn't recover. ...lots of turtle shells.

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Originally Posted by EmuDetector (Post 3287181)
Looks like raccoon

I was thinking that too, but wondered about the front teeth.

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Originally Posted by partyofone (Post 3287221)
Itís a red fox. The upper canines are missing. I have another one from a fox I shot years ago. I also have a coyote skull.

Thank you. The missing canines make it hard to guess, but it is a nice skull.

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Originally Posted by GroundSweeper (Post 3287231)
Sweet shed! I found one decades ago while on a field trip for a forestry class :lol: everyone walked over it (I was always in the back) and I brought it home. Nickel in the pic for attempt at scale. Love it.

Years earlier, wondering out in the high desert of southeast AZ, found the hispid cotton rat skull under a creosote bush, found the coyote skull in the same area but further out.

Also have a cow skull found in a wash on the creek/road out to what used to be family homestead. Will have to get a pic later as itís out hanging on the shed...

Nice shed and nice coyote skull. Have never seen a snake skull before, would imagine that would be rather delicate.

Bill_Ace_350 01-31-2021 04:08 PM

Sheds are cool.

Believe it or not, i find them in my yard regularly.

Gaspipe 01-31-2021 06:27 PM

Nice. When I used to live in Iowa it was a yearly event . Used to find bushels of them . The ones that score Boone and Crocket and found in matched pairs are quite valuable . Out there dogs are even trained to find them.

partyofone 01-31-2021 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Gaspipe (Post 3287361)
Nice. When I used to live in Iowa it was a yearly event . Used to find bushels of them . The ones that score Boone and Crocket and found in matched pairs are quite valuable . Out there dogs are even trained to find them.

I have a cousin who shot a deer a few years ago. He has three years worth of sheds from the same deer. The deer lived on his farm and when you look at the sheds, itís obvious they are from the same animal.

Dan(NM) 02-07-2021 07:11 AM

Nice shed, congrats.

lumbercamp 06-10-2021 08:30 AM

I'm late on this, but #2 is a raccoon skull, not a fox.

Gaspipe 06-12-2021 06:21 PM

Best time is in late January. Mice start eating them as year goes on . Iíve got baskets full of sheds. Collecting them is a sport in the Midwest.

philber 07-11-2021 06:42 PM

Nice find. Funny how you seem to have better luck when you arent looking for them. I put in a lot of time this year trying to find them and only found two decent ones, whereas Ive done better in the past just randomly finding them when I wasnt even trying!


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