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gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

the ground is totally frozen in my neck of the woods. The water went right thru the snow pack and froze over the ground. Deer are walking on top of the snow...and with below zero windchills coming, it's gona be tough for at least the next ten days...
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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

Mostly no snow here in the SW PA lowlands. Quite a departure from the last couple years I think ? As we were getting most of the snow, and the northern half seemingly more spared of it ? How is an animal surviving in the New England states this winter ? PA is a comparative walk in the park.

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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

In weather like this, deer tend to look up for food items to fill their stomach as opposed to down. It may not be as nutritious, but it typically is enough to get them through. They are pretty hearty animals when it comes to survival. Am I off base?

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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

The weak, injured, and sick animals might not make it, but that's natures way of keeping the herd in check. As for the other ones, they know what to do.... I'm sure they'll be fine. I've been seeing a lot of deer close to houses lately. hey have been keying in on the ornamental evergreen shrubs and bushes.
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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

We have a heavy ice crust from a warm-up followed by freezing rain here. It's not a good situation for the deer. I suspect there will be broken pelvis's and dead, stranded deer as a result.

You really under estimated the ramifications of the boondoggle you have just perpetrated!
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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

They've survived a lot worse over the last bazillion years, they'll make it through this.

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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

Got 1-2 feet of snow where I do most of my hunting, crunchy on top but not hard enough for them to walk on top. They lay down on southeast slopes and live off their fat till the thaw.

It's a good spot. Just not today.
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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

Had a coupla deer getting up on their hind legs to poke at an apple tree in my back yard...I know they are tough...just hope this freeze doesn't last to long. Up till now they have had it pretty good.
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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

Look at it this way. 30" of solid base, get's them to a whole new browse-line level. Albeit temporarily.

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Re: gonna be tough on deer/turkeys

Yesterday I saw a flock of turkey's feeding where a farmer had just spread manure. Farmer said he always makes sure he unloads in that area when the weather makes it tough for the critters. He also leaves a few corners of corn standing in a back field.

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