CALIFORNIA

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas last winter was below average until spring storms brought precipitation to normal levels. The mild winter and spring moisture allowed for good winter carryover and fawn survival in the north and helped alleviate drought conditions in the south. Zones B1 and B2 in the northwest are the places to go for Coast Range blacktails. The best area in terms of deer density is Humboldt, Trinity and Siskiyou counties, where there is ample Forest Service land. In the northeast, look for trophy mule deer in zones X3a, X7b and X9a. The harvest should improve over last year's below-average reported take of 18,300. Contact: California Department of Fish and Game (916-445-0411; www.dfg.ca.gov).