This is the time of year some people start hunting for deer sheds. If the snow’s not to deep they can be quite easy to find. I have found a couple sets around my place over the last few years and both have been in or around my food plot.
This is also the time of year that can make or break a whitetails chance of surviving the winter. Cold temperatures, howling wind, deep snow and lack of protein enriched food sources all add up to a disaster in the deer woods. Last year I found a very young fawn frozen underneath my picnic table by the cabin. Snow was about 20 inches deep in the woods, and this deer was just to small to negotiate the deep snow in search of food. Coyotes had not touched this deer, but one that died just off my property line was consumed by “yotes!”
A friend of my brother Darrel’s went shed hunting recently and discovered a beautiful full set from a trophy 8 pointer. Trouble is the head and body was still attached to the deer. The carcass had been partly consumed by the forest scavengers so there was no way to tell if the deer had been mortally wounded during hunting season or whether some other calamity happened. Would hate to be the hunter that may have lost that deer!
So far Michigan has had a untypically mild winter Michigan, and not too many are complaining. I have several deer on my trail camera from the last few weeks and they all look very healthy. No doubt about “mild winters” helping the deer make it through till Spring. Anyone who has lived in Michigan for very long knows the weather is a fickle chap, and can change in a heartbeat. I’m just hoping that the winter stays on pace to be nothing but “mild!”