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Sunday, May 26th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Anger over shed antlers as thieves poach farms, private property

Illinois CPO Chris Johnson, right, pictured alongside fellow CPO Justin Knop. “It’s hard to underestimate the greed generated by big antlers,” Johnson said. (Photo courtesy of DNR)

From January through April, shed hunters strap on binoculars and haunt the backroads in ATVs, or they trek through farmland or woods checking trails and bedding areas.
Inevitably, trespassers search for sheds – fresh, aged, chewed, scraped, muddy, or clean.
“We’ve all seen how it’s done,” Tony Washnock, who owns farmland in Illinois and Arkansas, said. “In Illinois, often you’ve got guys going up and down public township roads beside farmland in far-off places.”

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