Although the battle in this photo likely took place under a feeder in Texas, not a college cafeteria, there is a real battle brewing in the Midwest right now and it is for food. Subzero temperatures, knee-deep snow and ice all have created a war zone for whitetails for a meal. Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, along with parts of Illinois, Nebraska and Missouri, all have conditions that could lead to the threat of a winterkill for some whitetails. If the conditions persist for an extended time period it could mean fewer deer to hunt during the 2010 hunting season. Two elements may circumvent this from occurring. First, as I write this blog there is a large wave of warm air sweeping across the country that could thaw portions of the affected area to create easier access to food. It will certainly aid deer in burning fewer calories with higher daytime temperatures. Secondly, the wet fall has slowed the corn harvest. In December 12 percent of the crop was still in the field. North Dakota had 50 percent still standing. Deer near these fields have already stumbled across the bonanza.