Scotty the Shed Dog

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  1. j-bird

    j-bird Well-Known Member

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    Wayne - that is great you are enjoying your dogs and having success. If your ever looking for a place to shed hunt with your dogs in Southeastern, IN - you let me know. I should be able to get access to a couple neighbor properties as well. I would be very interested in seeing them work and just learning where the sheds where found. Speaking of which, what do you do with all the sheds you find? A guy really only needs so many!
     
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    I just added you to my list of shed hunting sites. Scotty has found every antler he smelled - he didn't smell two antlers (those are Wayne's fault) one on a practice run in Mississippi and one in Rarden, Ohio on an official Hunt Test. He is still gaining skill and experience. He and I are going to travel to hunt shed antlers.
    Right now I don't have a pile of wild antlers but when I do - I will keep the best ones and trade some others. I plan on doing a few crafts with the antlers.
    Additionally, there are antler buyers in the East and West USA. The most famous antler auction occurs in Jackson Hole, WY - you can watch some clips about that one on YouTube.

    Scotty has 3 Passes on his Junior Title. He needs 3 more passes and I believe some January 2018 events will knock those out. Perry starts his official training on Dec 1st in Linton, Indiana.

    I am looking at Iowa and South Dakota for a big antler hunting trip right now. See if that works out. Will hunt Ohio a bunch and Kentucky too. Tennessee a bunch and Illinois a bunch.

    If Perry develops skill like Scotty I can see us collecting a pile of antlers but I guess I better not count the chickens until they cross the road.

    Thanks
    Wayne
     
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    My farms are in NE MO, about 35 mi south of IA line. Maybe we can give it a try.
     
  4. wbpdeer

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    How many acres is your farm in NE Missouri? It would fit good with my plans. My son purchased a farm north of Cape G' MO next to Chester, Illinois.

    Many farmers will let a person shed hunt if they have ever ruined a tractor tire with an antler. I would too in their shoes.

    Wayne
     
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    With 396 acres in that part of the world there should be good sheds to be collected. I will put your farm on my list. What is your closest city/town to your farm?

    Thanks - sounds like great fun.

    Wayne
     
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    LaBelle.
     
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  8. Brushpile

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    Wayne, swat1018's farm is in an area where there are big deer. 6 miles south of the Iowa line I recovered a 300+ pound buck last year, and there was a bigger buck they called "Christmas Tree".
     
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    Do you know much about the state of Iowa? I am trying to hunt sheds in Iowa moving from East to West and move on into South Dakota.

    Going to talk to a biologist tomorrow. Late March / Early April likely timeframe.

    Wayne
     
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    Today, Dec 4th I drove Perry to Linton, Indiana to my dog trainer. Jacob Burris trained Scotty earlier this year and now it is Perry's turn.
    It will be a 3 or 4 month process. I didn't work with Perry like I did with Scotty. Perry is head strong and I knew my limited experience would not cut it.

    Scotty rode along with us and when we got there we travel out to a conservation area close to town. There was some large mud holes in the old roadway and Perry and Scotty enjoyed theirself getting completely muddy. Jacob was wanting to see how much grit Perry has. It didn't take long for him to say that is all dog.

    I am so glad Perry gets this opportunity to be trained by an experienced dog trainer. Perry has much potential but we are starting late at 7 months. I believe things will work out fine.

    My primary goal - I want Perry to be good on wild shed antlers. A secondary goal is allow him to participate in shed dog hunt test. If I was guessing he will not be participating in hunt test until Sept 2018. I will shed hunt wild antlers with him in early 2018, along with Scotty.

    I don't plan on going to the World Championship in early April of 2018. I had rather be hunting wild antlers with Scotty.

    Perry was very happy when I left him. As soon as he gets around the other dogs in that kennel he will get settled in and learn the pecking order of the pack. Scotty is so sweet and gentle with Perry. Perry will get man handled the other dogs when he tries with them what works with Scotty. The dogs will work that out.

    Thanks for reading this thread. Scotty is tired from 8 hours ride time and is sound asleep early.

    Wayne
     
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    Wayne, I hope you will come to SC one day with your dogs. I’d love to see what they could find in the marsh.
     
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    I would love to make that trip. What month do you believe the bucks shed their antlers in your area?

    Perry will be at the trainer thru the end of Feb and maybe March. I will spend about 7 days getting him settled back in at my house and then we will hunt shed antlers. I am guessing my dogs and I will hunt in 2 or 3 hours segments. Once in the AM and once in the PM.

    Thanks for reading this thread.

    Wayne
     
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    In my original post about Perry going to Indiana, I mentioned the mud hole fun. I have a photo. About 15 minutes of this puppy nonsense, Perry stopped to catch his breath and I was fast enough with the phone.

    Trust me, my dogs get the best care available. I feed them Science Diet large breed puppy feed and it is costly. I rely on my local Vet to keep their health in tip-top shape. I personally feed them - my loving wife would have them over weight. I make sure they get the proper amount of exercise - labs have hip issues - so I don't over do their exercise sessions.

    Looking at this photo could lead a person to think this pup was not taken care of properly - which is totally false. The area we exercised them in had been strip mined so there was big bodies of water. Scotty and Perry loved it. I have never seen my dogs this dirty and they had a blast getting that way.

    Mud Hole Fun.JPG
     

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