Forest County Deer Hunting
Actually the proposed number of anterless tags for Forest Co. is 2900. Yes I agree the last month of winter has not been mild at all up there. A week and a half ago there was between 24" and 29" of snow on the ground by our cabin in Forest Co. and I know there was more to the west.
Forest County from at least Laona north has a good 15" of snow left as of 3/19/18 with a thick crust when the temps are below freezing which has been quite often lately. The few deer we are seeing are having a tough time with the crust when it is frozen. Snow is melting but very slowly, need some rain and 50 degrees. I don't know how the Southern part of the county is doing but it is turning out to be a long winter up here.
I wouldn't believe what the DNR is saying about the deer having a mild winter up north. I took about a 30 mile ride through the National Forest East of Laona today and seen very very few deer tracks. One thing I could not believe was the amount of wolf tracks I seen, they were all over. Lots of piles of wolf crap all full of deer hair. Took a little snow shoe walk and found a fresh wolf kill of a probably 3 year old buck that had lost its antlers. There is close to 18" of snow with a thick crust from the rain a few weeks ago. Crust is thick enough the wolves and coyotes are mostly walking on top so its easy pickings for them after the deer right now. Years ago the deer trails were like cow paths in this area, now the most deer tracks are close to cabins. I thought the deer population was coming back the last couple years but this is the least amount of deer sign I have ever seen in this area in the winter.