They have a horrible elk problem up in packwood right now. The news showed them actually rubbing on the buildings and homes. The problem is unfortuantely for packwood they get the yakima herd coming into town from the east(herd pop: 8,000) and from the south they get the st helens herd(pop 15000). Part of the problem is that the state will not release extra tags to take care of this issue. Take the st helens herd, the herd is overpopulated by atleast 5000 elk, the state has known this for years and always is saying next year more tags. This is unfortunate for the town but it comes down to the mismangement by the state.
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...