I too would welcome the opportunity to hunt (black powder especially) perhaps into January. In my opinion, I'd prefer that over the
mid-September week. But....that's just my opinion.
In the Eastern Panhandle area, where I hunt, we have had a good bit of snow and it has been with us a while. While I'm not a deer
biologist, my guess is that they just holed up in some thick stuff and waited out the worst of the weather. I expect some of the weaker
ones (those that went into winter a little weak, late born-2009 fawns, and maybe the old or crippled deer) may not make it to spring. But as we
know, deer are very tough hombres and they have an amazing ability to survive whatever mother nature throws at them. Fawning
numbers may be down this spring, but that probably won't impact the harvest for a couple of years.
Haven't been able to check out my hunting property since this weather hit but have started seeing a good bit of deer activity along the
roads and in fields, even saw a small flock of turkey last week.