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Chelan County deer down 25% for 2017
« on: August 31, 2017, 03:07:05 PM »
Not surprising, but hadn't seen this before.  From the WDFW hunting prospects page for Chelan/Douglas counties:

"Surveys flown returned a population estimate of roughly 15,000 deer in Chelan County south of Lake Chelan in spring 2016. These numbers aligned with our previous population estimates of 15,000 and 18,000 deer in the same area. Spring flights were flown again in 2017 and results showed a decline in the herd size. Winter is the dominant factor affecting population size in the district. Over the 2016-17 winter, snow covered a larger portion of the winter range in Chelan County, snow depths were greater than in previous years, and the duration of snow cover extended farther into the spring. Those factors combined to reduce the population by 25 percent, down to an estimate of roughly 11,000 deer across the same area."

http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/prospects/2017/district07.pdf

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Re: Chelan County deer down 25% for 2017
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 03:26:35 PM »
I think everyone expected to loose some deer after the many easy winters we have had before the winter of 16-17.  Good to see the official report form the WDFW.

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Re: Chelan County deer down 25% for 2017
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2017, 03:28:53 PM »
Interesting. I have some cameras on the north shore and frankly almost all the local does I've seen have had great looking fawns. Significant amount of twins as well. Maybe while overall populations are down, increased moisture from this winter and reduced resource competition from other deer could bode well for the future recovery?  :dunno:

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Re: Chelan County deer down 25% for 2017
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2017, 03:48:17 PM »
We had a really mild fall through November, unfortunately the severe cold and snow came right after the rut and may have impacted some of the hard-rutting dominant bucks.  With that exception, I'd expect that most of the winter loss was 2016 fawns, and will have a greater impact on general season buck hunting in 2018 than 2017.  The 2016 buck fawns are this years yearling spikes and small forks, will be interesting to see if they are scarce this fall.  If so, the 2.5 year old bucks that are the largest component of the 3+ point harvest may be scarcer in 2018.   
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Re: Chelan County deer down 25% for 2017
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2017, 09:22:52 PM »
From what I have experienced the last 5 days.......I agree with this report 100%  :twocents:

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