Most of our deer here drop in late Feb. to late March. The latest I've seen a buck bigger than a forky still packing was two 4x4's on April 5th in 1996. The elk around here drop mostly in March. The latest I've seen a branch antlered bull was a small 5x5 on April 15th. I've seen spikes as late as May 8th.
In the areas that I hunt most of deer drop during the last half of January through the first week of March. I've seen deer as early as a couple days after Christmas that have dropped and have never seen a buck with antlers after May 1st. When a buck is malnourish it will drop sooner than it normally would. The amount of fat on most of the deer that the F&G check in my area this fall was close to normal so I would expect the bucks to drop around their normal times this year.
From what I have seen and read elk drop their antlers about a month later than deer.
I usually see bucks packing into March and April. I did see a buck last year with one side still in late May. I watched a 30" 4x4 pack into April one year, then he disapeared before he shed them. I watched him nearly every week waiting for them to drop and never got them.
Hello moosie! I have found fresh deer sheds here as early as Dec 20, but I see most decent bucks drop in jan/earlyfeb.Big bulls start around the 15th of march and can hold their bones as late as the first part of april.Two years ago I found a fresh 6pt set while looking for deer sheds on march 11.I get seriuos and pack into roadless areas here on feb 1st for deer and march 25 for elk. Then I stretch my shed season til May or so,when the wife makes me go back to work!
Thanx for the Input.. I think I might head out and Look to see what I can Come across this next spring... Usually come April I'm out looking for Bears... I guess I could do some Spot/stalk and Look for sheds too. I'm almsot getting excited