The curious case of shed antlers found in the fall

Tim Wegrzyn never found any shed antlers in winter, but found two last fall in different areas in a curious case.

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Tim Wegrzyn with his find of a shed antler found, in a curious case, in the fall. Provided photo

Tim Wegrzyn with his find of a shed antler found, in a curious case, in the fall.

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Shed of the Week for Feb. 22, 2023. photo attached

Tim Wegrzyn sent a curios case of sheds antlers.

Last fall, while trailing an arrowed doe in the southern Kankakee County area, the Grant Park man thought he saw a shed. He dismissed that possibility, thinking he was mistaking a dormant purple coneflower. But it was a “monster shed.”

“I was just as happy and excited to find my first shed,” he emailed.

Usually, shed antlers—white-tailed deer shed their antlers annually, typically in winter—don’t last long. Various animals will gnaw on them, sometimes chewing them down in days or weeks, making a fall find very curious.

“I was surprised as well, because I did find another shed this past fall in the Crete area that was extremely gnawed,” Wegrzyn emailed back. “I just couldn’t believe I found sheds during the fall without actually looking for them. As to around this time of year, I’ve looked and have never found any.”

A gnawed shed antler found by Tim Wegrzyn in the fall. Provided photo

A gnawed shed antler found by Tim Wegrzyn in the fall.

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This should be prime time for sheds.

SOTW, the celebration of shed antlers found around Chicago outdoors, runs when worthy, either Wednesdays in the paper Sun-Times or in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. The online posting here at chicago.suntimes.com/outdoorsgoes up at varied days of the week, depending on what is going on in the wide world of the outdoors.

To make submissions, email (BowmanOutside@gmail.com) or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

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