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I live in northern NH, right in the middle of a "deer yard". Is this behavior most common in nothern states? Is it due to heavy snow, cold weather, or a mixture of both? I mean during hunting season the state estimates 7 deer per square mile. Right now I count 24 in my back yard and probrably another 50 if I went for a ride a mile up the road. How far do these deer come from?

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Lead Curtn, thats called 'yarding'. I believe they do it for warmth. Oh, they do it here in Missouri too.

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from mattreney wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

that many deer? any problems with the cougaror bear population?

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from koeka wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Deer are crepuscular, being most active in early morning and evening. In forested areas, they may, depending on snow depth, migrate to traditional winter yards in December or January and stay there until March. These yards are generally areas with conifer cover and/or south-facing slopes which provide warmth and tend to accumulate less snow. Stands of northern white cedar are especially preferred for yarding because they provide cover and the greatest interception of snow.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I've seen deer do this in Kansas and Nebraska. It seems that if there is a heavy snow with bitterly cold temps is when they group up. I've seen groups of well over 25 deer before, its a pretty amazing sight.

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from Smitty77 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Deer in northern regions yard up. They move to areas with the greatest thermal protection and to areas where there might be less snow which makes finding food easier. Depending on the quality of the habitat deer may or may not yard. For deer who do yard this migration can be many miles.

What does being crepuscular have to do with deer yarding up?

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

When we were driving on the freeway we saw at least 60 deer in one field. Explain that.

Nate

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Lead Curtn, thats called 'yarding'. I believe they do it for warmth. Oh, they do it here in Missouri too.

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from koeka wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Deer are crepuscular, being most active in early morning and evening. In forested areas, they may, depending on snow depth, migrate to traditional winter yards in December or January and stay there until March. These yards are generally areas with conifer cover and/or south-facing slopes which provide warmth and tend to accumulate less snow. Stands of northern white cedar are especially preferred for yarding because they provide cover and the greatest interception of snow.

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from Smitty77 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Deer in northern regions yard up. They move to areas with the greatest thermal protection and to areas where there might be less snow which makes finding food easier. Depending on the quality of the habitat deer may or may not yard. For deer who do yard this migration can be many miles.

What does being crepuscular have to do with deer yarding up?

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from mattreney wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

that many deer? any problems with the cougaror bear population?

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I've seen deer do this in Kansas and Nebraska. It seems that if there is a heavy snow with bitterly cold temps is when they group up. I've seen groups of well over 25 deer before, its a pretty amazing sight.

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from 60256 wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

When we were driving on the freeway we saw at least 60 deer in one field. Explain that.

Nate

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