Winter’s Impact On Deer by Grant Woods
Ever wonder why deer in some areas paw through snow to find food and in other areas stay in winter deer yards? It has to do with the quality of food available and the amount of energy required getting the food.
By placing collars on deer that have a GPS unit, researchers have learned that deer commonly remain and feed in the same area until the snow gets about a foot or more deep. In areas where deep snows are common deer tend to migrate (yes, even some whitetails migrate) to areas where the snow is less than a foot deep or areas with readily available food.