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The First Rule of Shed Club ...

To paraphrase from the movie “Fight Club,” the first rule of Shed Club is – you do not talk about Shed Club.

Shed hunters are even more secretive about their haunts than deer hunters. (Incidentally, I think we need to coin a noun by which shed hunters describe those who pursue the whole animal. Neither “live deer hunters," "whole deer hunters," or "regular hunters" quite cuts it. Let the competition begin. First prize, to be judged by an independent panel of me, wins a Gerber Freeman Folder knife in nearly new condition, my sole freebie from the recent SHOT Show.)

My shed hunting pal, Paula, has to be prodded to divulge even the name of the state where she has found her latest. The reason, of course, is that there is no upside to revealing your honey hole. In fact, it’s even less advantageous with sheds than “regular” hunting (see what I mean about the need for a better word?) because access is so much easier. A “No Hunting” sign will keep most deer hunters out. It will not deter a shed man, who, after all, is not hunting in the traditional sense. Since shed hunters usually carry no weapon more significant than a knife and/or a pruning shears, they can go pretty much anywhere. (Small pruning shears, incidentally, are much more effective for getting through briers than a machete). 

I’ve found a grand total of zip antlers in the past week. I take some comfort in the fact that bucks still wearing their antlers have been seen within the past few days. Meanwhile, Paula has found several singles and two sets in the same time. “Good ones but not trophies. Jeez, I’m startin’ to feel sorry for you,” she said. I asked where she’d found hers.  She erupted into her smoker’s hacking laugh, finally managing to croak, “Not that sorry, honey,” and hung up on me.


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Blue Ox

I simply call it 'walking the dog'. Let him do all the work.

White Mountains Willy

Regular hunters should be known as "Rutters".


I was talking to my buddy over the weekend about shed hunting at a church retreat at a local lodge. Others, overhearing our conversation, thought we were talking about searching for abandoned barns and outbuildings in the countryside. We, of course, let them continue to think that.

Don't stand too close to me - you may risk a lightning strike.


"Regular" hunters (none that I know are regular) could be referred to as "bodybaggers".



Meat Hunters?




Cap-o-dome wranglers.


Since their obsession isn't year round like the rest of us, they should simply be called "part timers".

Scott in Ohio

Grateful Dead fans are Dead Heads and Jimmy Buffett fans are Parrot Heads; then
Shed hunters would be Shed Heads;
And deer hunters are Gut Heads.


If snow boarders are knuckle-draggers then deer hunters are Carcass-Draggers.


Keep the focus on the sheds...how about "pre-shed hunters"?

Scott in Ohio





Dang! sorry Brian, I didn't notice your "Pre-shed hunters" before I submitted "Pre-shedders"

NH Philosopher


NH Philosopher



No problem Jason...on the same wavelength.



don m.



Cervine Seekers



Dead Headshed

John D

Shed Hunting vs. Torso Hunting

Or, in the spirit of simplicity:

Shed Hunting vs. Deer Hunting

Laura Bell

I don't want to come up with anything too kooky...since I'm one of these hunters! ;)

*Venison Adventurers*

*Deer Haunters*

*Shed Spoilers*

Maybe more later...



Blue Ox

Call it what you want, just don't call it 'shed hunting' or anything of the sort. Reason being is if you say "I'm going shed hunting!" and Murphy hears you, you ain't gonna find squat. Which is why I like to keep it as plain as "I'm going outside! Dog is coming with me!" It's just as I mentioned in my previous post, because you'll always find something when you're NOT looking for it. And I know the rest of youse know what I'm talkin' about.

bill heavey

these are awful. most of you might as well become outdoor writers yourselves if this is the best you can do.

agree that we don't want to use a pejorative term, since most of us were hunting the whole critter up until the day the season went out.

so far, my favorites are "taggers" and "backstrappers." gets the point over without (overly) negative connotations.

actually, i'm gonna get out of the middle and let you all decide whose is the best. i got enough people ticked off at me.

get your entries and votes in soon, because this is all taking place in the virtual world, where blogs come and go almost in less time than it takes me to lose the prize pocketknife. bh

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