With only six weeks to go before opening day, 2019 is lookin’ good!
The deer herd seems to have weathered the 2018-2019 winter storms okay. The heavy snow accumulation put a lot of browse into the easy pickings category, so Bambi entered the Spring in surprisingly good shape. I only came across four wolf/coyote kills on all our properties, and there was a pretty good chance that two of those were deer that had been injured by cars and then scavenged.
Despite a very dry July and August – which concentrated the deer around water sources -the crops have fared out well and the wild orchards are loaded with fruit. We seeded down a few fields with alfalfa, clover and brassica in early to mid August and think the timing should be just about perfect to bring out the does and their escorts in November.