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clayz

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Winter Kill
« on: November 02, 2011, 03:26:16 PM »
Hi I was wondering if there was a winter kill  on deer this year around RedDeer and Bashaw areas ???  I herd there was  about 60%.....was wondering if its true..Seems like deer numbers are down alot this year...

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2011, 03:33:59 PM »
I know some areas suffered some winter kill, I live in Red Deer and haven't seen much around but then again haven't been looking too hard. I have seen a few though. I have heard guys talking about other areas and saying overall they are seeing plenty of deer. If I had to guess I would say populations are down province wide, which maybe isn't a bad thing in some areas they were thick as rats.

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2011, 04:17:13 PM »
Doesn't seem to have hit the north east to bad..

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2011, 09:14:49 PM »
Deer numbers are great in your area and from what i notice all over.  The problem I have seen is the lack of those 140-160 inch deer range.  There is a certain age of deer that the age limit is way down.  I didn't see many deer over 150" this fall and that was scouting birds every morning and night for 45 days straight.  Usually i see way more.  I do know where a 220" monster lives though ;D  Seen him 3 times in the last 2 years. 

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2011, 10:35:33 PM »
Ya I just think that might of been a rumour started by some farmers..lol

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2011, 09:04:40 AM »
In the areas I hunt in the southeast the numbers are down
There was a really bad winterkill for both mulies and whites and even havent seen as many yotes this year either.
although this year most does of both species I have seen are having two young ones so time will tell over the next couple years.
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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2011, 12:16:05 PM »
White tail bucks are pretty tough and have a knack of surviving some brutal winters. In 06 in NW Alberta we had some of the worst conditions I ever saw. Up to 90% winter kill in a lot of the areas. White tail does, mulies and the elk got clobbered. The 07 spring shed hunt was equally depressing with a ton skeletons in the lower areas. I took my usual 2 weeks off in Nov. the following year and filled my tag on the 2nd day on a 150 ish buck, BIG mistake. I continued hunting with family and friends and saw quite a few big bucks and very few does. The buck to doe ratio was around 13:1 and the healthy mature bucks that survived the previous year had to put a lot of miles to find does. For some reason the mulie bucks were hit harder. We never saw a mule deer at all in the last 2 weeks in an area that use to hold several doe groups in years past.

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2011, 02:34:06 PM »
Ya I just think that might of been a rumour started by some farmers..lol

What part  is a rumour?  If you mean the 220" deer I saw3 times it is no rumour.  Drake was with me the one time I saw it.

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2011, 09:19:28 PM »
no nude I ment the winter kill rumor. sorry

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2011, 10:26:48 PM »
Clayz  i do quite a bit of Shed Hunting around Red Deer since i live here as well. I only found 1 Mulie Buck that may have been winterkill but most likely one that was wounded and died where i found him in a drainage.  I did see lots of decent Mulie Bucks alive and well this Spring as well.

Paul , I had no idea you lived here !! We might have to get together and share some hunting tales .

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2011, 06:27:47 PM »
My neck of the woods there's no yearlings.

Niece is a cowgirl (the real deal, as in ride the range).  She said she came across lot's of skeletons this year.  Same thing happened about 25 yrs ago (man I'm gettin' old).  They'll come back, but it takes time.

I didn't realize the parkland area's had lot's of snow.

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2011, 11:14:39 PM »
I live east of RD & there is definitely a shortage of deer this year at least to Hwy 21 Any of you guys see deer in that alfalfa field on 11 E halfway to the Joffre bridge. Not as many as last yr. I bet.

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2011, 05:37:22 PM »
I spent the weekend in the N.E. around Lac La Biche, although I have seen more deer at times, there was no shortage, and no shortage of hunters either. Didn't see any jaw dropping bucks, but there were a few idling around.

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Re: Winter Kill
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2011, 09:28:40 PM »
im in the ......ummm....ok im not telling you what area im in....but numbers are down a little here.  there are still plenty of them out here, but down from last year for sure.  havent seen a cranker yet....but its early.  so far the best is the one we saw this morning....about mid 50s id say.  he was on a place that i normally have permission on, but havent talked to that guy yet.  tomorrow we should have it figured out as my kid says he would be happy with him.
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