Posted Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00
Tips for wintertime deer viewing
Winter is a great time to see mule deer—and lots of them.
Photo by Lynn Chamberlain
Herds that number more than 100 deer are often seen near major roads in Utah.
While it's exciting to see deer in the winter, please remember that winter is also the toughest time of the year for deer.
The best time to see deer
During the day, deer spend most of their time relaxing near trees that keep them hidden from view. But as the sun starts to set in the early evening, the deer leave the cover of the trees and move onto the open flats where their food is found.
Driven by hunger, the deer usually approach the unprotected areas timidly. Finally, a few brave individuals move in to feed, followed by the entire herd.
The food that's available to deer in the winter doesn't have much nutrition in it. Combine the limited nutritional value with the fact that deer can't store much fat on their bodies, and you can see why it's important that deer are allowed to feed relaxed and undisturbed in the winter.
The Division of Wildlife Resources encourages you to get out this winter and see Utah's mule deer. By following the guidelines below, you can help ensure your viewing experience is a good one for both you and the deer:
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