Dry Winter is helping deer population

Stark and Dunn County have had a dry Winter compared to last year..

“Last year . . . some parts of the state saw 60 -plus inches of snow. This year we are no where near that,” said Jacob Miller, Game Warden for ND Game and Fish.

However, the the local deer are loving it.

“The less snowfall . . animals have an easier time finding food. They don’t have to dig through snow to get the resources that they need,” said Miller.

One main concern is that the streams and creeks that  dried up during the drought over the Summer, won’t be able to replenish themselves with the lack of snowfall.

“The areas that we are used to seeing deer might see a lot less of them, if they can’t find a sufficient amount of water in that area, so we might see bigger deer herds congregating toward bigger water sources,” said Miller.

But through a dry Summer and Winter, Miller said the deer population in the area looks good.

“In the Southwest we have seen our deer numbers trend upward lately.”

According to Game and Fish, the number of deer hunting tags it issued in 2017 increased from 2016, and things could be looking good for hunters in 2018. 

“With the dry Winter we don’t see a Winter kill in the deer population, so it will be a positive impact on the hunters, ” said Miller.

However, it still wouldn’t hurt to pray for rain this Spring.

“With a nice Spring showers we are going to get nice and green, so we can have good forage, so that way it will increase our fawns survivability through the Spring,” said Miller.

The North Dakota Game and Fish issued more that 50,000 deer gun licenses this past Fall.

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