I really enjoyed the article on Metabolic rates of whitetails in the winter.
We try very hard every year to make sure the deer survive our extreme winters. I live in extreme N MN and we winter feed every year until they migrate north to the cedar swamp, about a half mile into the cedar swamp that is about 60 square miles. They usually migrate sometime in January depending on how cold and how much snow we get, and only one year, two winters ago, they stayed the whole winter because it was such a mild winter. It was awesome, I think I found 13 sheds in about 3 days.
We usually start feeding after rifle season, corn and rolled oats 50%/50%. We've always wondered why they'd leave the quality feed to head to the cedars, but it makes alot of sense now, to stay warmer. And no matter what, their metabolic rate is going to slow down. Also, it helped me realize that it's just as important to make sure the deer go into the winter fat and healthy compared to having quality feed. We plant about 15 acres of food plots every year so that helps fatten them up. Looking foward to Aaron Moen's article on the subject too! Thanks for the quality info!