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Old 12-27-2013, 01:13 PM
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Is there a MDNR website that shows current W.S.I. ?

I am seeing higher than normal snow levels and far below normal temps.

I am also seeing browsing on less desirable browse much earlier than normal, including in my yard, By both deer and rabbits. Based on my obsevations over a few decades, I am getting concerned that our already drastically reduced deer herd may be in trouble.

On a more positive note, I am seeing much less coyote sign and nightime howling than I have in several years. Hopefully something(disease) reduced that probllem this past summer.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:32 PM
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I don't know where it is posted, so I cant help you there.

Im a bit concerned though for the deer in my area. Where I hunt is in the heart of where the ice storm hit. So anything the deer might eat like acorns is under a thick coat of ice. I don't for see that ice going away anytime in the near future. So that is a big concern for me.

With the damage this area received, im also wondering how many deer are laying dead under trees/heavy branches.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:03 PM
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IIRC luv2hunteup usually posts the WSI when he gets it. If I had to guess, it probably won't be available until the new year - purely speculation though.

First weekend of muzzleloading parts of our property had knee deep snow by Sunday and deer were already browsing on red pine so it looks to be shaping up to be a tough winter. Chainsaw season for me will start very early this year.

As for the coyotes I thought I read somewhere that there were in fact some disease issues within the population this year though I couldn't find a link to confirm.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:54 PM
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I have not found any updates for the 2013-2014 Winter Severity Index. I will post a link when it's updated.
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The Ice might have covered up some food but it is also raining food, mostly in the form of tree buds from falling branches.
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Bump.... Any reports yet?
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I have been looking for one also. Cant find any info only what I am seeing with my own eyes, and it isn't good.
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Supposed to be -40 tomorrow morning with the windchill. Record breaking temps.
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It appears we picked the right winter to log our property because all the treetops are being picked clean by the deer right now so at least we are putting some reachable browse on the ground for them. I am hoping the weather will break soon and spare the northern areas ASAP.

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I've seen some deer in traditonal yards and they appear good at this point, running when snowmobiles are approaching etc..

BUT, this time of year around here, they usually are in decent shape....End of Feb. and all of March is the time visually one woudl start to see signs of starvation. Been way colder and more snow for a length of winter, in a long time, gotta feeling mother nature is setting the reset button!
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I've seen some deer in traditonal yards and they appear good at this point, running when snowmobiles are approaching etc..

BUT, this time of year around here, they usually are in decent shape....End of Feb. and all of March is the time visually one woudl start to see signs of starvation. Been way colder and more snow for a length of winter, in a long time, gotta feeling mother nature is setting the reset button!
The yards i have been visiting look to be in good shape. I ve noticed plenty of downed trees and low hanging limbs, I have even noticed that deer are still pawing up acorns near some of the yards. I havent come across any mortalities as of yet.
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....End of Feb. and all of March is the time visually one woudl start to see signs of starvation.
Is this the time of year that they may not run when pelted with snowballs?
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Is this the time of year that they may not run when pelted with snowballs?
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You really think you are a funny guy, don't you?

Seems like a disgusting proposition doesn't it? I thought so too.
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