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UKC Shed Hunting

Searching for shed deer antlers is a growing pastime for whitetail deer hunters who have learned the use of the family dog can greatly increases the odds of recovering shed antlers.

In January of 2017, the United Kennel Club announced the development of a new series of competitive events designed to test and recognize the efforts of dogs that excel in the retrieval of shed deer antlers called the “Elite Shed Dog Series”.

The goal of the UKC Elite Shed Dog Series is two-fold:

  • the improvement of dogs used for recovering shed antlers by the recognition of individual dogs of outstanding merit
  • to provide shed dog owners with a family friendly environment in which to enjoy participating in an activity that promotes an active, outdoor lifestyle for all individuals and their dogs

A wide variety of dog breeds are successfully used for this purpose. The space required to train and test the skills of a shed dog are minimal when compared to other types of hunting which makes this sport very accessible to a wide range of individuals and their dogs.

Upcoming Shed Hunting Trials
2 UKC Elite Shed Dog Events
 St. Johns, Michigan (Outdoors) 

Saturday, Sept 16 & Sunday, Sept 17, 2023 
Format:  Single

Entry Limit: 35 Champion | 35 Working  | 35 Youth
Entry Fee: $30 Champion | $30 Working | Youth are Free
Closing Date of Entry: Sept 11, 2023
Day of Event Deadline: No day of event entries
Judges: Michael Spayde and Hunter Ryder
Check-In from 8:30-9:00am.  Trial start time 9:00 am.

Trial Site: Cher Car Kennels - 4215 S Lowell - St. Johns, Michigan 48879
From east or west: I96 to Grand River - exit east to first light at Frances Rd - turn left (north) for 13 miles to Centerline Rd - turn right (east) 1.7 miles to S. Lowell Road - turn left (north).   Kennel is 0.7 miles north on right.

From north or south: US 127 north to Price Rd - exit west for 6.6 miles to S. Lowell Rd - turn right (north).  Kennel is 1.6 miles north on right.


Mail entries to: 

CCDSA Trial Secretary - Amy Coxon | 4192 East Haslett Road, Perry, MI 48872


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Pictures from Previous Events