Late snow contributed to a 'very severe' winter in parts of northern Wisconsin May 12, 2018

Wisconsin Deer Population, Management News and Information Archive

... The Wisconsin winter of 2017-'18 was moderate overall but included "very severe" conditions at a few northern sites ... The tough late winter and early spring conditions this year come on the heels of three successive mild winters..,

Oconto Archery season preview September 11, 2018 Wisconsin,
... The fawn reproduction has been doing really well. Fawn growth has been doing really well ... The summer months got pretty dry for a while, but that didn't affect the deer too much. There's plenty of food ..,

Deer population up in Ashland County September 17, 2018 Wisconsin, Ashland Daily Press
... Deer populations in Ashland County have rebounded so well in recent years that the state will allow some hunters to bag antlerless deer during this fall’s gun-deer season... A 12-inch snowfall in mid-April temporarily dimmed the agency’s outlook for deer population growth but fortunately, the snow did not last long ..,

Countdown to Wisconsin gun deer season November 10, 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
... Compared to the previous three mild winters, heavier snows and colder temperatures were measured across much of the north in 2017-'18 ... except for a relatively small area centered on Iron County ... most of the north experienced moderate winter conditions while the southern two-thirds of the state received considerably less snowfall, more mild temperatures and little impact on the deer herd..,

Deer hunting: Here's what you need to know before the season starts November 14, 2018 Wisconsin, The Post-Crescent
... The deer population has continued to grow in northern counties ... and the cool conditions expected this season should help [Jeff Pritzl, a regional wildlife supervisor]. In 2017, hunters registered 195,738 deer, about 1 percent below 2016 and the lowest total in 35 years...

... From 1968 to 2005, the DNR used a complex Winter Severity Index to predict winter deer kill rates. The Winter Severity Index incorporated snow compaction, snow depth and temperatures... research done by Minzey and others at the DNR found temperature wasn't much of a factor in deer winter kill. Snow depth has the largest impact on winter stress to deer...

... While winter 2018 will not go down in history as one of the more severe winters on record, it has stubbornly persisted, reminiscent of 2014 ... Councils take winter data into account, and this has led several to recommend reduced antlerless harvest quotas, compared to original recommendations in March..,

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