David, as you know 21B is at the foothills of the Gila. Elk are going to be where there is something to eat so find out what parts of the ranch have gotten some rain. What is the ranch name? Last year in 21B grass was scarce, so were the Elk.
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...