This 2017 winter has been extremely challenging for our coming deer season. Snowfall is 170-200% of normal. To make matters worse, we had two layers of ice that were in that snowpack and they kept the ridges from blowing open. Also, we received extreme temperatures down to -50° F. On one 24 hour period it went from -40 to +40° above and rained 2 1/2 inches. Needless to say, the winter has tapped out the fat reserves on our deer. We are going to lose this year’s fawn crop; they are dropping like flies.
We’ve lost a lot of older deer as well. Winter is not yet over, but we are having some March warm ups right now and the winter grounds are melting fast. We are going to see antler growth being impacted on the deer that survive this year and potentially could lose more deer, depending on the weather next month. If you are booked with us this year and have interest in moving out to a future year, give us a call so that we can discuss your options with you. There are always good deer that survive the winter, though the numbers are less. We took Magnum the fall immediately after the last hard winter, but as we all know, Magnum was an anomaly.