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A new Roosevelt shed

OregonChris

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in Oregon, Roosevelt’s don’t migrate to a wintering ground , low elevation and little snow here if any our elk just roam the same country year round , couple that with very thick brush and cover , finding a Roosevelt shed is mostly just being lucky , finally got my hands on my 4th Rosie shed and was 2 years and 10 months in between from finding my last one , the elk here like to walk old overgrown logging roads and use them for travel rather than always beating the brush when they can , and that’s where I found this years shed , discovered on a morning hike April 26th
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When inspecting the shed you could see where he was rubbing his antler on an alder tree to try to bust it loose
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I hiked all over trying to find the match but no luck, when I got back close to my truck, I discovered the alder he was rubbing , his hair was still pressed into the tree bark
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after finding this tree I was able determine where he came from and his general travel direction, and did another search to no avail. But was still an amazing day
 

p_ham

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Lucky you got to before it got chewed up!
I wonder if they itch when they're ready to drop?
 

OregonChris

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Lucky you got to before it got chewed up!
I wonder if they itch when they're ready to drop?
they must bother them as they loosen , as I’ve spent more time looking for Roosevelts sheds It’s really common to find trees like that and it looks like they don’t rub them the way they do during the rut where they’re rubbing the whole antler they get right down at the base by their head and just scratch them on the base, two days before I found the shed i posted , I was looking somewhere else on an old overgrown logging road and I found like 10 trees that have probably been rubbed in the last two weeks in about a 300 yard area where that bull had been trying to break loose his antlers and I looked for a long time I never did find them. but When you see the rubs it’s easy to tell how new when you look down at the base of the tree you can see all the new shavings on top of the leaves from last fall. Here’s a few pics of the place I searched that Friday
2 days before I found the shed posted
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even though I didn’t find his shed , I enjoy knowing another branch bull survived another season , I’ll probably put a camera up there this month , Since he’ll probably go up there throughout the summer and see if I can get a couple pictures of what he looks like.
 

OregonChris

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Did a 5 mile hike tonight with a buddy in one of our areas for archery this fall , looking to maybe put up one last trail camera before season opens Aug 29th , Didn’t find an elk trail we really liked but I did find my first Roosevelt spike shed so that got me fired up definitely made the 5.3 miles more than worth it tonight, taking home a little mountain treasure. Also saw 7 blacktails in the hike tonight
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nice and bone white from laying in the summer sun , I’ll take it !!
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