Acorns plentiful this year? Deer numbers up or down? Bigger bucks being sighted?
Bayfield County Deer Hunting 2014
Saw a ton of deer! Mild winter + lots of acorns + lots of logging = more deer. Should see a lot of fawns this year in the Delta area.
I would think when we had a bear hiding behind every tree that they would have ate every fawn. Deer were still plentiful. For many years.
I'm a hound hunter so seeing all those critters would have got my heart pumping waiting for snow...lol
I found it crazy to sit in a tree on a major runway that was full of scrapes and not see a single deer. 4 different types of predators. I don't use a flashlight walking in or out of the woods most of the time, but this particular evening, I figured I had seen/heard enough predators to warrant using my headlamp and having my pistol at the ready.
So for people that blame the low deer numbers on winter kill and wolves, don't forget that bears, coyotes, and bobcats suck up most of the fawns in the spring.
A Memorial Day Weekend doesn't go by with me seeing a bear running down a road with a fawn in it's mouth.
Good thing those predators haven't learned how to ice fish! The fishing is awesome...just watch Wisconsin Waters and Woods this past weekend for proof.
This sums up my deer season. This was in one afternoon of hunting in Bayfield.
Bobcats, Bears, Coyotes, and (what I missed on video) wolves.
Bowhunting, saw some good deer. Put an arrow into the shoulder of an 8 point in Mid October chasing does but the arrow didn't make it through at 30 yards. Hit it right where I wanted to but thought I was far enough back. Obviously not. Arrow broke off with about 2 inches still in the deer. I'm sure he survived just fine. Northwoods deer are tough. Either way a sick feeling and a blown opportunity. Gun season saw lots of doe, fawns, spikes, and forks. Close to 20 deer seen opening day between my brother-in-law and myself. Different areas and they all came in the afternoon and just hung around. Passed on all the little bucks. Great seeing deer and hoping they survive the winter and grow a little bit. Spikes were still chasing the doe and fawn pairs. They would run from pair to pair. Fun to watch. Didn't see any big deer killed, just little guys. I just hope they stick with Buck only for another year. The deer are out there they just need a chance to not get mowed down.