Official measurers at the Duluth Boat, Sports and Travel Show on Thursday measured a set of shed antlers that took over first place among all Minnesota shed antlers. The two antlers of the typical 12-point buck were found Feb. 9 and 10 near Excelsior, Minn., by Jay Miller of Excelsior. Miller is a vendor at the boat show and brought the antlers along to be measured.
The right antler scored 91 3/8 and the left scored 89 5/8, according to the panel of official measurers. The net score of the set is 175 0/8, and that, of course, is without an inside-spread measurement.
Tom Miller of the North American Shed Hunters Club in Lyndon Station, Wis., confirmed that the set of sheds is now the top-ranked set in Minnesota and is also the sixth-ranked set in the world. The North American Shed Hunters Club is the official record-keeping body for shed antlers.
The antler points are nearly symmetrical, and the tines are exceptionally long. Miller said he had seen the buck on his trail camera throughout January. Miller saw the buck in person on Feb. 7 and noticed that it had dropped its right antler. He began searching for it on Feb. 8. He found the right antler on Feb. 9 and the left a day later within a quarter-mile of where he found the first antler.
Dennis Petrick of the Minnesota Official Measurers signed the score-sheet for the measurement of Jay Miller’s antlers, but Petrick said it was also panel-scored, meaning that several measurers conferred during the measuring process.