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Train Your Dog to Find Sheds
By Irby C. Edwards III

Train Your Dog to Find Sheds

Now that I have trained my young Labrador Retriever to find sheds, I look forward to my time in the woods at the end of deer season.

Remi's nose comes in handy here in Georgia where ground cover is thick. Sheds are much harder to find in the forests of the Deep South, unlike the giant fields and open ground in the Midwest.

It was easier to train Remi than I thought it would be. It only took him a couple of days to grasp the concept of retrieving sheds.

Here are the steps I used to train my dog:

First, I used a fresh, natural-smelling shed to get Remi interested in playing fetch. Once he showed excitement, I rewarded him with a small dog treat after each retrieval.

From the yard, I progressed to throwing it into the bushes for Remi to find. When he got good at that, we tried it in the woods.

As he searched for hidden sheds, I used the phrases "Hunt it up, Remi!" and "Shed . . . Remi . . . find shed!"

Once he mastered finding the single shed, I scattered my entire stash of sheds across the yard until he got the idea that sheds come in multiples.

After he figured that out, we moved deep into the woods where I made it increasingly difficult for Remi to locate the hidden antlers. Not only did he master shed hunting quickly, I even taught him to put the shed in the bag!

If we don't find sheds, it's still a great way to spend a post-season day in the woods with a good friend.


Not all rests are created equal
Then again, neither are bow shooters. Some rests most bows but not all. Some are heavy and some are light. Some adjust, while some are fixed. Some are camo and some black. Some are simple, while others seem like they have a hundred moving parts.
 

Number Your Arrows
No matter if you’re a beginning archer or an old pro, this tip will help when it comes to making your shot count when you head to the woods this fall. Today’s arrows are better than ever, and the manufacturers do a great job of holding to tight st...
 

How important is paper-tuning your bow?
The bottom line about paper tuning is you should do it if its important to you, but don’t sweat it if you don’t have access to a paper tuner. A good pro-shop technician can set up a bow that will be very close to being in tune. If your field poin...
 

Which Release is right for you?
With so many choices on the market today, how do you know what release is the right release for you? There are many different kinds and several manufacturers to choose from. Like most other archery components, it all comes down to preference and t...
 

Go Orange and Get Dialed In!
One thing to consider when target practicing with you're bow. Most all targets have either deer vitals or larger circles to aim at. No matter if your target is a bag or a block style target one thing you can do is place a orange sticker or target ...
 

Do you shoot with a string loop?
All loops are not created equal. If you're having trouble with your loop constantly twisting to the side, the loop probably goes into the knots from the same side of the string.
 

Tracks Mark the Spot
We all know what deer tracks look like, but it's amazing how many hunters fail to read the clues in tracks. While some hunters are so adept at reading tracks that they can often determine with amazing accuracy when a particular track is left by a ...
 

What Is The Best Time To Use A Grunt Call?
Do you sit in your stand and wonder if (and when) you should use a grunt call? The truth is that there is no set rule about the right time to use a grunt call -- but there are times when you should use one.
 

Can You Determine the Age of Your Deer?
Many hunters are curious to know the age of their deer. Anyone can age a deer... to a point. Look at the third molar (from the front) on the bottom jaw. If that tooth has three "parts," then the deer is 1.5 years old. Note that the tooth might act...
 

The Eyes Have It
If you can see a deer's eye, the deer can see you -- and that's an important tip to remember. When a deer is close, don't move if it can see you. It's the movement that attracts a deer's attention. Unfortunately, you have to move in order to draw ...
 
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