Although it’s not uncommon to see a half dozen or more does feeding together with no fawns in sight, don’t be too quick to push the panic button.
Coyotes and other predators seem to impact deer numbers across the country, and are continuing to grow as a topic of concern within the whitetail community. Consequently the Commission has ordered staffers in the Keystone State to tackle the ‘yote problem anew.
This is an important year for fawning. Some deer didn’t make it through and others suffered from malnutrition caused by low temperatures and deep snows.
The recent North American Whitetail Deer Summit hosted by QDMA is well over, but it’s impact is still being felt. The summit identified the principal threats facing deer and deer hunters and spawned a national initiative to do something about them. The summit identified all kinds of issues threatening whitetails, but the 800-pound gorilla in the room somehow got lost in the shuffle.
Crossbows are now officially a legal hunting implement in New York State.
Northern states were savaged by winter storms this winter and increases in mortality are to be expected.
As a 30-year veteran of the archery industry, I had pretty much given up on the concept of hunting turkeys with a bow. I’d seen too many fly-aways with hanging legs and birds running off to die but never be recovered.
Here's why you should be scouring your hunting area this spring for signs of winterkilled deer.
A week or so ago we blogged on how some northern states use the Winter Severity Index (WSI) to gauge potential winterkill. Basically, the more snow cover and sub zero temps, the harder it is on the deer. But the WSI covers relatively large geographic areas. What really matters are conditions for the deer herd you hunt; not conditions somewhere else in the state.
It's shaping up to be a tough winter on whitetails, especially in northern locations. A combination of heavy snow cover and sub-zero temperatures will no doubt take its toll.
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