- 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.