Archive for January 21st, 2010

21
Jan
10

Deer Runs in Winter

I went hiking today.  The warmer weather has melted and froze the snow to the point of being compacted enough to walk on without sinking much.  No snowshoes required, especially when considering I mainly followed deer runs.  I realize now why deer will travel over and over the same trails.  It makes it really easy to travel through the snow.

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The deer run in the photo above, I’ve seen at least a dozen different deer using this winter.  I followed it for at least a mile before breaking off onto another run.

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When you begin to see droppings and other signs, you know deer have been through there recently.

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This run had me headed directly into the wind and I really had thought I’d see some deer – but didn’t.

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Today was the first time I’ve been back in this part of the park during winter.  There weren’t any skiers around so I wasn’t disturbing anyone.

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I think its pretty this time of year – would have been prettier if I could see some deer.

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There you are.

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Hey!  Stop looking at me like I’m a sandwich.  I had followed the deer runs for about three miles and hiked through the snow for about five or six.  On the way I had noticed the deer runs had gotten smaller, because only a few deer seemed to follow.  Then I noticed droppings and other sign that seemed fresh.  Deer droppings will slowly melt into the snow until disappearing beneath it.  These droppings were on the surface.  Then I noticed tree bark broken and scattered around.  During the winter their stomachs change so they can eat harsher types of food like tree bark, acorns and pine needles.

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Eventually, as they did today, they will run away.  The important thing to remember is they won’t run far.  And if you move slowly and carefully you can reacquire them to get more shots.

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