For any of you thinking of hunting in SE Colorado....today makes the 60th continous day of heavy snowcover...although it has been above freezing the last two days with some melting in progress. The antelope seem to be holding their own but we're starting to find dead buck deer. The road kill has been far above average also.
Suit yourself, but this might be a good year to consider other areas.
I haven't heard any new numbers---still the same 10-15,000 that has been talked about for awhile. The losses in lost weight, aborted/dead newborn calves and cattle yet to be lost will probably exceed the original losses. None of the arroyos and creeks/canals have melted out yet. Hard to say how many are in there.
The deer here look worse than any I have ever seen before. All ribs and hollow eyes. Most haven't moved from wherever they were when the blizzard ended in early January. Nothing to eat--no place to go. They don't even move when you approach them. I see more dead ones all the time as the snow starts to melt.
Plainview, Thanks for the update. I knew it was bad but your news is worse than I thought. I still remember the other bad blizzard that hit your area in the early 90's. A friend of mine who lives outside of LaJunta said the drifts were 10-15 feet.
I could see the small band of mule deer picking their way towards me through the sagebrush 800 plus yards away. With my 10 power binoculars I spotted a legal buck bringing up the tail. I dropped down and crouched behind a large chunk of sage just waiting for them to pass within range. Unfortunately, they stopped and began milling around before finally settling down, with a few of them laying down right out in the open. They were not going to come to me; if I wanted any closer, I'd...