I used to hunt there when I was in college, took a large 5x5 one year there, good deer numbers too. But I'm working on some Montana data sets right now, elk density is a little below average for the region at about 2.5 elk per sq. mile, the bulls get pretty beat up to with about 58% of them being harvested and about 7.5% of the bulls are 6 points.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...