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Location: Modesto, CA
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NW Colorado Deer Herd Health

I have heard some anectdotal rumors that last winter, 2007-2008, there was a severe winter kill-off that seriously affected the deer herd, especially around Meeker, where we just happen to go every 2-3 years & have gotten to know the area somewhat well.

Has anybody else heard the same thing?

Or anything to the contrary?

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Location: Highlands Ranch, CO
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Hunted unit 12 during second season and heard similar speculation from other hunters we ran in to. Didn't get any confirmation from the USFS group that came through camp. They did speculate that a late spring last year had led some elk herds to stay down low through the summer, but nothing regarding a signifigant winter-kill of mulies.
I saw 20-30 does during the week with a good mix of fawns, yearlings, and mature mulies. The doe I harvested was very healthy- we didn't see any mature bucks, but that's par for the course where we hunt.

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I heard that the winter kill was pretty bad up around craig last winter and i think it was that way in several areas. i remember the feeding projects they had to do in the gunnison basin last year cuz the mulies couldn't find food. i'm sure it affected the herds a little bit. i know it affected the license quota

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Icehawk, Whereabouts do you hunt.?....You dont have to give away your secret spot, just a general area....

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dlshunter wrote:
Icehawk, Whereabouts do you hunt.?....You dont have to give away your secret spot, just a general area....

Depends on the amount of snow. Typically we're going up high- hunted near Sleepy Cat Peak this year.

Our fallback during years of heavy snow is Oak Ridge SWA and the surrounding areas.

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That's about the same public areas that we typically hunt.
In 2007, the 2nd season hunters got their snow, but by the time we showed up for the 3rd season, it dried up and ther were no recent sign of elk & deer in the higher country...our assumption & others thought that maybe most of the elk & deer had moved on down to their wintering areas. We saw alot of deer in the Oak Ridge SWA & got a non-typical old 4x4 and a couple opportunities at 2-3 cows.

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We hunted second season in '07. First season in NW CO benefited from a heavy snow at the end of the season- we saw a surprising number of elk coming out, many taken on the last day of the season. Snow kept us lower in second season. We saw elk at Oak Ridge, but never got a shot. It's really tough to count points (much less get a shot) when they're running full speed through head-high brush! We saw few bulls taken, but snow in the middle of the second season helped with the cow harvest.
Good job on the buck- those are some heavily pressured animals and have become pretty elusive in my experience.

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