Hunt for Deer Antlers & Discover a Sense of Place – Sunday 3/25

Shed Hunt – Sunday, March 25, 2012 9 AM – 12 Noon

Each year, male white tailed deer shed their antlers, which you can find as you walk in the countryside. The Upton Open Space Committee and Friends of Upton State Forest are co-hosting a Shed Hunt at the Former Stefans Farm in Upton. Participants will be given maps and shown how to use a compass. We will divide into small groups that will go for an off-trail treasure hunt looking for deer antlers.

There is rough footing in places and it can be wet, so wear appropriate shoes. Protective clothing and eyewear are also recommended (brambles, branches and shrubs can hurt). We recommend insect repellant.

This program is open to all ages and skill levels. Children are welcome with supervision. Liability waiver required. A parent must sign for anyone under 18. Meet in the parking area at the Community Garden on Mechanic Street, Upton (near the power lines). As a courtesy to hikers who may be fearful or allergic, please leave pets at home. There is no charge. Inclement weather cancels.

While not required, participants are encouraged to attend an intro session, on Wednesday, March 21, 7PM at Nipmuc High School on Pleasant Street in Upton. Workshop leader, Gerry Lemire, will show a short video, and explain deer behavior and basic compass use.

Participation is limited and is first come, first serve. Send questions and an RSVP to uptonopenspaceevents@charter.net with the number of persons in your party. You will receive e-mail confirmation by March 19.

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