Upper Peninsula whitetails

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan DNR says heavy, late-winter snow will challenge the U.P.’s deer population.  

Officials say although early-winter snow was light compared with other years, late-season precipitation has resulted in above-average snow depths well into spring.  

The DNR says mild winters such as the region experienced from 2010 to 2012 provide favorable conditions for survival and allow pregnant does to produce healthy fawns.  Deep snow restricts deer movement and drains energy reserves, leading to higher whitetail mortality rates. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The state is asking members of the public to help identify areas in the Upper Peninsula where deer like to spend their winters. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources put out a call Thursday for people to help map the locations of what are called "deer yards."

The DNR's office in Norway says deer in some areas of the Upper Peninsula migrate to areas with many conifers, especially cedar and hemlock. It says cedar and hemlock "provide an excellent source of food, while their branches intercept snow and serve to shelter deer from deep snowfall."