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Let it snow let it snow let it snow - but thaw too

We are battening down the hatches for amajor snow storm this evening.  Up to 18 inches of snow are expected in the next 24 hours.  God willing, it will be no big deal for us.  We are warm and dry and I spent the day cutting firewood so we should be all set even if those 20+ MPH winds bring down some power lines, but it will be hard on the deer.  Temps are down in teh teens and winds are high, and after tomorrow the mast will be under two feet of snow.

Let's hope for an early spring for those does carrying fawns.

 

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heavy snows

While I sat on stand this afternoon I pondered the effects snow has on deer movements. I lived in New England a long time before joining the military, so am pretty familiar with snow and big storms. I was thinking about the brutal winters that big storms bring to the north woods and how it effects the deer populations. The yarding deer have less chance against even typical predators and the increased work they have pushing through deep snows can weaken them very very quickly.

I do hope the snows give way to some more moderate weather quickly so the deer can get back to typical feeding patterns. And I'll keep my fingers crossed that your spring comes early enough for those deer worn thin by winter's wrath. Here, we're looking at 50s by Thursday and by the end of the coming weekend, more snow.  Confused

Oh, I'm not sure where the deer were this afternoon, only sure where they weren't!!  lol

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Where are you from Mike?

Where are you from Mike?

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here I am! (New York)

Don Fischer wrote:
Where are you from Mike?

Don:

 

I’m in upstate New York, right on the Vermont border halfway between New York City and Montreal, Canada.  We got about a foot of snow last night (only four to eight inches were predicted) and it is still snowing….

 

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Too Much Thaw!

I'm down here in S.E. Michigan. We got about 6-8" of snow during that big storm that hit the east coast.

It made it nice for the grandkids that were here for Christmas. They got to go outside and play quite a few times - gave the adults a little respite, too!

Now it's thawing with a strong breeze. For around here, that's a bad combination.

Saginaw Bay is a large inland bay off Lake Huron. If you are not famliar with it, hold your left hand up with the back of it facing you to form the familiar "mitten" shape of Michigan's lower peninsula. The open space between your left thumb and first finger is Saginaw Bay with the Saginaw River at the very bottom. It is a walleye fishing hot spot for people all over the state and from neighboring states.

Thawing weather and warm southerly breezes - or wind - can cause the ice to crack and huge sections of it can move northward, either taking fishermen and all their gear with it, or else opening cracks a mile or so from the edges that make it very hazardous to get back to shore.

We lose at least a couple fishermen to this situation every winter. Around here, we hope for cold weather from ice up to ice out with no thaws in between. But it rarely happens that way.

 

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