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Young outdoors enthusiast is a champion of budding sport

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Young outdoors enthusiast is a champion of budding sport

Josh Miller never imagined he would be a world champion at age 23. But he is, and achieving that lofty status with Easton, his trusty chocolate Labrador at his side, has sweetened the achievement that much more.

Josh, of New Richmond, Wis., and Easton are at the forefront of what in recent years has been a fast-growing hobby, and now is a fast-growing nationwide sport: shed hunting.

Not sheds as in buildings where lawn mowers are stored. But sheds as in antlers dropped each year in winter by whitetail bucks.

“Hunting” for the dropped antlers, or sheds, in spring as snow melts has become increasingly popular among sporting types, as deer numbers have increased.

Typically, searches are conducted on foot in areas where deer concentrate, or “yard up,” in winter. Bucks drop their antlers any time from about Christmas through the first few months of the year, and shed hunters who stumble onto even a single side of a big animal’s antlers are thrilled.

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