I initially thought after this winters blizzards the antelope herds would have been hit hard. Unfortunate after finally building back up over the years. Well, in the last few months traveling back and forth between Aguilar and Colorado Springs many times I now feel the antelope herds were able to weather the blizzards better then the Division thinks they have. I continue to see large herds and many bucks often and in places I had never seen them before. To me in the area I mentioned they seem to be fine and it's unfortunate the license quotas are going to be limited lower then last year.
Antelope numbers are near normal in this corner of SE Colorado but I'm seeing *zero* deer. None. I don't think they all perished but I do believe they migrated south to the Arkansas. Maybe the winter will thin out the outfitters too. Big $$ for empty leases --- now that's a pleasant thought.
Let me start off by saying I am not a farmer.
I am a deer hunter and I do own a tractor and have all of the equipment - but that does not make you a farmer any more than standing in the garage makes you a car - well, you get the picture!
Having said that - and with most of my ineptitude fairly well hidden - I do think that buckwheat is one of the most under rated cover crops out there.
I say cover crop because I see mixed results as it relates to the deer eating the plants.