White-tailed Deer and Snow
In the past 24 hours the first storm of the season dumped 4”- 6” of wet snow on the ground at higher elevations in central Vermont and New Hampshire. Conditions which produce the juxtaposition of red maple leaves, snow and deer tracks don’t occur every year. White-tailed deer are very active in the fall — they are feeding heavily and accumulating fat for the winter and the impending breeding season, or rut. While a few inches of snow don’t pose much of a challenge for browsing deer, once the snow is fairly deep, their travel is curtailed and deer congregate in yards – densely canopied conifer stands, where protection from the wind and the presence of well-worn deer trails help decrease the amount of energy they expend in order to survive.