Wack, I've been cutting wood all week in Winnebago County and they are hitting the fields hard. Theres some snow in the woods in areas but there are well past the "hard" times.
I'll believe that when I see it. Yes the snow should go away here soon, there's about 4" in my back yard 4' pile still in my front yard. I see 50's in the near forecast, but that doesn't mean the snow ice and cold is done for the year, and yes I see a few deer in the fields but I see more deer in Oshkosh than I see on public land here. We're in EAB again, the hard times will get worse and as a public ground hunter in Winnebago county, it really can not get much worse unless they plow up more public ground to plant and harvest again next fall. I don't have the luxury to hunt private land in this county, not even the deer I used to see from my back windows, been turned down many times. I have acres and acres of Federally protected marsh and wetlands bordering woods and farm fields behind my property, have seen up to 100 deer in the area in past years. 07 there were about a dozen deer. Last winter we had 3 deer, this winter we've seen 1 deer and haven't seen her in 3 weeks. This is a non hunted area with a lot of winter food, a deer sanctuary of sorts. Usually the deer about this time are on the pond ice eating tree buds that they can't reach without the ice and eating and bedding under the nieghbors pine trees. No tracks sinse last snow fall. I've seen fox, 1 coyote and a few turkeys this winter, first year for coyote and turkey, but I get up every morning hoping to see deer and they just aren't there. Down by the south east corner of Rush Lake, a newer Federal public hunting ground I saw the DNR issue more tickets than I saw deer harvested. I got one early T zone, my friend got one early Tzone we saw no other deer taken early T, regular or bow hunting.
American by birth, hunter by choice.