Winter Kill

Discussion in 'Maine Deer Hunting' started by kenton6, Apr 8, 2004.

  1. kenton6

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    And I don't mean on your front lawn. The State of Maine is assessing the damage done to the deer heard from the harsh winter to determine how many any deer permits to issue this year. My question is this: Was your winter severe in your area and what do you know about the mortality rate of the herd?
     
  2. There was basically no winter kill this winter with one of the easiest winters in years. Deer roamed all winter and were not restricted to wintering areas and yards much if at all. The deer we are seeing(and we're seeing a lot) are fat and very healthy looking for spring. Look for a large number of twins and triplets born due to the great condition of does. Coyote predation was very low due to absence of deep snow or crusty conditions and their biggest effect will be on the fawns at lamb drop in a short time. Expect the herd to be larger than normal and for deer reproduction to be extra high this year. Should be a good season for hunting success.

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  3. kenton6

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    I got to get over and read the story, but I heard about some deer that have been perhaps run into the river over in Washington County. Anybody heard anything about that and why?
     
  4. Little to no winter kill in this area.Weather permitting...this fall could be the best ever whitetail harvest.The numbers are there for it.Time will tell.