Hiking the hills looking for shed antlers has become an extremely popular activity for many Utahans. Late winter and early spring can be the best time to gather antlers, but also the worst time of the year for elk, moose and especially deer. By the time winter ends, deer are usually the weakest they’ll be all year. In Utah you can still legally shed hunt, but before you go know that you must complete a free, DWR online shed hunting course.
From Feb. 1st to April 15th, you must have an antler-gathering certificate on your person while collecting shed antlers or horns. You do not need an antler-gathering certificate at any other time of the year.
You can get this free certificate by completing an online Antler Gathering Ethics Course at wildlife.utah.gov.
The antler-gathering certificate does not authorize you to trespass on closed areas or private lands and remember to give the animals plenty of room, so you don’t stress them any further than they already are.