It didnâ€™t take long for shed hunting with dogs to take off.Â Top dog trainersÂ across the country are breeding, and developingÂ single-pursuit dogsÂ that areÂ shed hunting machines, although just about any pup with retrieving instinct can be taught to seek out cast antlers.
Dog training expertÂ Tom DokkenÂ created theÂ North American Shed Hunting Dog AssociationÂ (NASHDA)Â to fill a void he saw in the sporting dog world and its popularity is reason enough to justify its existence. â€śWe started this organization because people needed education on how to train their dogs. This is a relatively new sport and competition like weâ€™ve created brings out the best in trainers and dogs, and just enhances the whole category.â€ť
Spend a single day afield with a shed dog and youâ€™ll understand why they are becoming so popular in deer hunting circles and why anyone obsessed with spotting rows of tines poking through the snowpack would covet a canine trained in the ways of antlers.
All Photos by Tony Peterson
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