winter deer kill
Those 21 different locations were at the most spread out over an area of about 9 miles by 9 miles so I covered some ground. There are no farm fields within 10-15 miles so its 100% forest and mostly public land. Its a super large area and there are areas that I just never got a camera in that deer could have moved in but I think I got a pretty good sample of what made it through last winter. A few wolves, lots of bear, a couple bobcat, a surprising number of doe and fawns, and very very few bucks over 2 years old.
All public land where I hunt. My camera pictures are down 75% from last year which was down about 50% from 2012 so I am getting about 12% of the pictures I got in 2012.
I had 14 bucks on camera over 3.5 in 2012 and I killed one of them and knew of 1 other one being killed.
Last year we had roughly 10 on camera mostly all the same ones from the year before. This year I have 2 bucks over 3.5 on camera and they are both deer I have had on camera in years past.
So for old bucks last winter killed 80% of them in my area. I will say this spring I saw more fawns on camera then 2013 so I was very happy to see that. But to say it wasnt as bad as we thought would be a joke. I proof is in my pictures for my area.