This is true across the West as deer move into winter patterns. On my late muzzleloader whitetail hunt last weekend, I planned to hunt prime private land in Southeast Washington above the Grande Ronde River at about 3,800 feet. Brushy, timbered draws cut gouges in high-plateau wheat farms harboring excellent whitetail populations. I counted on being able to take a doe on the last day of the season if a buck wasn't in the cards, but I watched deer make their migration to lower elevations and winter patterns as I entered the field. The forecast called for cold and snow all week, which I hoped would have deer seeking feed throughout the day. Light snow and a breeze on the evening of my arrival evolved into a severe winter storm packing 50 mph gusts, lots of snow, and severe lightning the next day. It sent whitetails and yours truly packing for lower elevations.