Shed Wars follows the stories of five of the best shed hunting teams in America as they go through a season in the Rocky Mountains. Viewers will see the moment when a prospector strikes it rich… or strikes out for good. It’s the entire life-cycle of the shed antler season, from the adventure and danger of the hunt to the economics and bargaining of the antler market.
This includes scouting and tracking herds prior to “the drop”, training antler dogs and prepping high-tech gear and off-road equipment, weeks at a time of survival in the mountains, harvesting and packing out the antlers, and the haggling and negotiating the prospectors must go through with antler buyers and retailers to finally get their pay day.
Background on the Antler Craze
The demand for natural antler has skyrocketed over the past 20 years as it has become a key material in more and more high-end products.
Antler is prized for use in top-of-the-line designer accessories, art, furniture and chandeliers, as well as in less traditional products like $20 dog chews, Eastern medicine, aphrodisiacs and homeopathic remedies.
Antler is a natural and renewable resource, but it’s extremely limited, so demand far outweighs supply each year. The supply is even further reduced due to the fact that most antlers found are simply kept by their finders as a one-of-a-kind personal treasure. This has resulted in the market getting further and further out of balance every year, eventually turning it into a fierce competition.