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Illinois hunting and fishing

Tales from the Timber: Huge sheds

May 12, 2009 at 03:22 PM

Shed antler season was very good to Richard Music of Elgin.

While hunting sheds in Kane County, Music found the right side of the above matched pair of sheds. A friend of his, who wishes to remain anonymous, found the left side one week later.

So far this winter, the shed has won first place at shed antler shows in Iowa and in Wisconsin, where Music’s shed was also best of show.

The next step is obvious.

“I’m hunting him this year,” Music said Wednesday. “I just gained access this year after finding the shed. We’re going to start setting stands this week.”

According to Music, the beams measure just over 31 inches and the right side grosses 95 1/8 inches while the left grosses 101 5/8 inches. He expects the buck would net 206 inches on the hoof with a spread of 22 inches and would have grossed 216 6/8.

Music also said this buck’s antlers sold for $19,000 at the Circle M Auction Iowa show in 2007, thanks in part to 33-inch main beams—the first in history that long.

Music said last year only the buck’s right antler was found. Last year the antler scored 96 5/8 inches as a five-pointer and was the new world record for a typical shed.

Amazingly, there are no reports from hunters about encounters with the buck. “Nobody we know of in the shed-hunting groups around here has seen him,” said Music, who has been hunting since age 12 and is now primarily a bowhunter.

“This is not a forest preserve deer,” Music said. “Most of the terrain around here is agricultural or grassy fields. There’s not a lot of timber, just hedgerows and 6 foot of grass and stuff.”

So while the buck will be hard to hunt, the payoff could be huge.

Writes Music, “Can you imagine if this deer makes it one more year he could potentially knock the 12-point Mile Hanson buck from his first-place spot. How wild would that be, a 10-pointer beating a 12-pointer for the world record.”

Here are some more pictures of the sheds.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Look for Tales from the Timber every Tuesday at Prairie State Outdoors.com.

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Amazing sheds no doubt, but I wonder if these are forest preserve sheds.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/13 at 10:14 AM

I AM THE ONE IN THE PHOTO LET ME CLARIFY. I FOUND THE RIGHT ANTLER A BUDDY WHO WANTS TO REMAIN UNKNOWN FOUND THE LEFT SIDE. I DID NOT FIND THE PAIR. AND ALSO THESE ARE NOT FOREST PRESERVE SHEDS, THIS IS A FREE RANGING DEER.THEY ARE ALSO NOT FROM ELGIN. THANK YOU….THE DEER SCORES AS A GROSS   196 4/8” WITHOUT A SPREAD. AS A 10PT. FRAME GIVE HIM A 22” SPREAD HE WOULD GROSS 218 4/8”.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/13 at 03:59 PM

Who cares where they came from.  Thats an awesome set bone.  Congrads on the find to both of you.  Aint nothing better than walking up on a big ol shed like that.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/13 at 04:30 PM

IS that gross typical?  After side to side deductions?  is that adding the stickers not counting the stickers?  Subtracting the stickers?  Sorry just confused.  WHen i hear just the word “gross” it appears there are alot of “grosses” on internet forums. 

Either way its a heck of a set of sheds.  Giant deer.  Congrats on them and good luck getting him on the ground!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/13 at 06:06 PM

Thanks for response and thanks for sharing the story and photos. Good luck!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/14 at 08:14 AM

Hey good luck on getting him. Secrecy is certainly understandable with a deer like that. At the very least I hope you get to see such a magnificent animal on the hoof.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/14 at 09:34 AM

Must be a Fulton County Deer smile

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/14 at 11:56 AM

Here is a update.  Several years ago a set of sheds of this caliber was found in Brown County.  The buck would of been a potential new world record. Update…. It was never killed.  Bucks of this caliber are a totally different species.  They have a tendency to disappear and to never be seen again.  He could of been in his prime last year and could go down hill this year.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/14 at 10:26 PM

To each his own,but if I found a set of sheds like this,i’d be keeping my mouth shut and just hunt the deer and not advertise it to the whole world.Not trying to be a smartellic about it towards the guys who found them,but it’s just what i’d do.
That is an awesome set of antlers ! Good luck hunting him!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/15 at 11:53 AM

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