The 5 Teams of Shed Wars
- Shed Wars follows five great shed hunting teams in America as they go through a season in the Rocky Mountains. Meet these five teams, whose lifestyles revolve around shed hunting.
Justin "Iron Man" Greshko: Nobody knows the Central Colorado Rocky Mountains and their native wildlife better than Justin Greshko. He's has spent more than 200 days in the field each year for the past 20 years. He's a former fishing guide and an avid big-game and small-game hunter who has become obsessed with shed hunting. He has been seriously injured, confronted by armed poachers and almost died from exposure multiple times in his pursuits, only adding to his “Iron Man” reputation.
Greshko’s one of America’s premier Antler Artists, whose antler art pieces sell for tens of thousands of dollars and his clientele includes celebrities such as Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.
Fish: Fish is one of the godfathers of the shed hunting industry and has built an entire business empire around antler. Fish buys, sells, barters and trades antler on a large scale, but the heart of his business revolves around his world-class antler furniture, fixtures and design pieces. Fish’s antler chandeliers, tables and sculptures can be found on display all over the world, from hotels in Japan to the homes of celebrities like Tom Brokaw.
Fish does a lot of his own shed hunting, bringing along his two famous shed hunting goats, Matthew and Mark, to help carry the load. He’s also become one of the largest local buyers, making deals with smaller shed hunters to acquire their craft-worthy antler for cold hard cash.
Team Grenda: Adam and Tana Grenda subscribe to the philosophy that “the more tines you find together, the more time you find together.” But don’t mistake this husband and wife treasure-hunting team for a mushy Hallmark card; these two are as antler-obsessed and as hardcore as they come.
And they have an advantage over their competitors which ensures they’ll rake in a huge antler haul every year: they’re both bush pilots who use their planes to spot sheds from the air. In fact, the Grenda’s have become so successful year after year at bringing home a fortune in bone that some of the local competition has taken to watching for their planes to see where they’re circling, intent on hitting those spots before they can land and explore them.
Brady "Bone Daddy" Dixon: Brady Dixon is a third generation shed hunter from Colorado with an antler chip on his shoulder has learned that strategy, patience, and stealth can be a treasure hunter’s best bet. Bone Daddy is so antler-crazed that he sometimes has difficulty selling his best finds, turning down thousands of dollars to keep them locked away for himself.
When others are off filling their packs with low-dollar antler poundage, Brady often lies in wait for a particular match set worth twice what his competitors can pick up in a week or more of hard hunting. Nothing riles him up more than finding some amateur yahoo wandering through “his” lands and pushing “his” animals around.
The Rack Pack: Friends Justin Lottman and Josh Yandle team up every year to hit the Central Rocky mountains for a small fortune in antler. These two “bone heads” are truly an odd couple. Whereas Josh is clean-cut, organized, laser-focused and a little high-strung, Justin is…well, basically the exact opposite of that.
Most shed hunters stay relatively close to home, choosing to hunt in a well-known radius and scouring their favorite spots, but the Rack Pack prefer multi-day trips into the backcountry—whether by snowmobile, raft or on foot—camping along the way to reach areas that nobody else will access. It’s a strategy that comes with a lot of risk, but they’ve found that the rewards can be tremendous.