5 year old buck +
I have been going to Bayfield County for gun hunting season for 28 years. Even though I now have my own land the tradition to go up North with the same group kept me going back up. Well I got an email from the owner of cabin that we stay at asking if we were coming back this year. So before I booked cabin I figured I would call DNR Biologist to ask how bad this winter was. He estimates that 30 % of the deer died due to this winter. He said that they were checking car killed and almost all were showing signs of severe starvation. He also said that almost all the surviving deer were now along the highways due to the ditches being the 1st for greenup making deer numbers appear to be still high which wasn't the case. He also said that it would be at least 3 years or more for numbers to get back to normal if we didn't have another severe winter. Our group only saw 3 deer last year hunting from 1st light until dark for 6 days. Looks like the tradition of going up North for gun season may be over.