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Re: BRRRRR!
« Reply #400 on: October 09, 2019, 07:22:29 PM »
I was out on the Vulcan this afternoon trying to burn the rest of the 'stale' gas out of the tank that I bought yesterday afternoon. 8)    It was around 68* & quite comfortable, but we have been having high winds of 20 mph & gusts of up to 45 mph here for the last three days.....bugs are mostly gone. :banana:

It's abruptly changing tonight, though.....the temperature has already fallen around 20* since I parked the bike in the garage to catch the evening news & weather at 5 o'clock.  According to the weather report, Stan is going to see 12-18'' of SNOW and since we usually get a facsimile of what he gets in 24-36 hours.....I'm keeping my eye peeled for the inevitable. :-\    They're saying we should expect only 1-2,'' but the ground is warm, so that should melt off right away....I predict mostly rain out of this one, but October 9th is too danged early to hang up the leather jacket & chaps for the season, so I remain hopeful. :coffee:
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« Reply #401 on: October 09, 2019, 08:00:56 PM »
The latest National Weather Service forecast has been moved up to about `16" in the area I live.  It could be less and, of course, more.  Winds will be in the 20 mph range with gusts to 36 before this is all over. 

We winterized the equipment earlier this week and put the snow blade on the skid loader.  If we don't lose power we will just stay in the house for a couple of days.  If we lose power we have lots of wood.   :P

It is snowing hard and the temperature dropped to 30 F just a half hour ago. 

Hope the rest of you in this storm path do okay.  Wolfy will get it by the weekend but hopefully it will be spent before it gets to where he is at.   
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« Reply #402 on: October 09, 2019, 11:16:34 PM »
Lucky us. We are at the junction of two storms rolling in. First one is tonight and Thursday. The second arrives Friday and passes along on Saturday. Each storm is forecast to drop 12+ inches up to a maximum total of 30" for the two of them. Winds are projected to gust 40 to 60 MPH according to the National Weather Service.

My sister in Washington (state) was caught flatfooted by the snow and mentioned a lot of tree damage in the far Eastern part of the state. I am dreading the damage to the trees here as we have most of our leaves on yet. I'll try to minimize damage by bumping the trees with the loader tractor to knock off the snow as it accumulates, but I can only access those in the yard and along the perimeter of the surrounding woods. I suspect the small woodland creatures and next summers songbirds will have a lot more cover and shelter when this is over. Freezing rain and then 30" of snow is going to be hard on our wildlife.

The snow blower and tire chains are mounted on the loader tractor and the snow plow blade is on the pickup. We have two separate systems for electrical back-up and three independent heating systems. It'll take a heck of a storm to put us in jeopardy but I've learned to never say never.

Just a heads up for those of you that have received fiber optic phone service into your homes in the recent past. Back in the old days when we had copper wires into the home, the phone company had huge banks of batteries at the central office to keep the phone system working, even during a power outage. Now, with the fiber optic cable into the building, each home and business has a little back-up battery at each location. When that goes dead after a few hours, you land line phone is dead and you will be forced to try using the cellular service. Cellular service during a storm has its own issues. If your cell service is a little on the sketchy side during normal weather, you will probably lose service during a storm. The added signal attenuation due to heavy rain or heavy snow will kill an already weak signal. Texting will sometimes get through when a voice signal won't. Just an FYI.

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« Reply #403 on: October 10, 2019, 11:12:06 AM »
Last night we got about 5" on the lee side of the house. On the windy side I would guess no more than 3".  It is still snowing but fairly lightly and we are supposed to get another couple of inches out of this storm.  Looks like we dodged this one but the folks further north and east of us didn't from what they are saying.

Hopefully all of you will get through this with minimal problems. 

We have some fiber optic lines out here but from the county road up to the house it is all copper.  I wasn't aware of the battery situation on FO lines so thanks for pointing that out.
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« Reply #404 on: October 10, 2019, 11:02:22 PM »
Well, the first wave of the storm went through and the projected 12+" only amounted to about 6" of the heavy wet stuff. The weather service is still saying we could get up to 30", but I'm skeptical. We'll see.

Trying to blow this snow is like trying to eat a slushy with a two prong pickle fork. And trying to push it with the plow doesn't work much better.

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« Reply #405 on: October 11, 2019, 01:44:27 PM »
I went out a bit ago today to get some wood for the house.
but the tractor would not turn over. something with the starter I think.
anyhow stuck once again.my wood shed on the back deck is done
and about 1/2 stocked with wood about 1/2 a cord.
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« Reply #406 on: October 11, 2019, 11:05:05 PM »
Hrmph, looks like the NWS might have actually hit one, after 5 years of overstating the severity of an expected blizzard, this one is pretty close. We're at 24" of wet sticky snow, winds clocked at 61 MPH this afternoon and 12 hours left to go. We've got the smaller 6" pine trees bent and broken. The normally 8' tall liliac bushes are only about 4 feet tall. All highways have been closed, plows pulled off. Even within city limits, the snow plows were parked due to poor visibility. All the local business are closed. No point in staying open with no customers and you have to bunk your employees in for the night.

Did a little snow blowing and pushing with the tractor. Used more fuel than normal. The heavy wet snow is harder to move. The pick-up and snow plow are worthless. Too much snow, to heavy and not enough traction. Can't legally put studded snow tires on until 15 October in North Dakota and the all season tires are actually only three season tires.

The tractor is even being pushed harder than normal. It won't turn unless the Front Wheel Assist is engaged, and even then you have to a assist the turning by applying the appropriate brake. On a straight push, the differential lock needs to be activated. Blowing is no problem but it sure is slow going with this heavy snow.

It's supposed to clear up about noon tomorrow and then the real clean up begins. Need to check on the neighbors too and see how they're fairing. Got an older couple that have lived here all their lives and they know the score, but there's a young couple that just moved out to the country this fall. They might be a little unprepared for an old fashioned blizzard. We'll see.

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« Reply #407 on: October 12, 2019, 08:42:43 AM »
Where are you located Pete?  NW Minnesota?
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« Reply #408 on: October 12, 2019, 08:49:18 AM »
It has been extremely windy here but no more snow.  Temperatures get into the high 30's during the day.  Supposed to get a little better Monday and Tuesday.  Lots of slush and I see the creek is up a bit.

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« Reply #409 on: October 12, 2019, 09:42:29 AM »
Yeah, what Stan said^    The dire predictions we received proved to be false, too. :banana:   We ended up with light, intermittent showers and an all-day heavy mist accompanied by a steady 25 mph wind out of the southeast.  I can live with that.  It HAS gotten cold, though.....just above freezing. :-\

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« Reply #410 on: October 12, 2019, 01:52:29 PM »
NE North Dakota, about 90 miles west of Grand Forks. Right in the heart of the worst predicted blizzard warning. I tried to get into town today for more fuel, but roads are still plugged. I'm siphoning some out of the fuel oil tank, that'll work for now. Tractor is really sucking fuel but it's a hard pull because the snow is so wet and sticky.

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« Reply #411 on: October 12, 2019, 03:08:39 PM »
sounds like it's time for a snowmobile.ya know mn is a tiny bit warmer. just saying
it only goes down to -50 or -60 below.

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« Reply #412 on: October 12, 2019, 05:56:23 PM »
grew up in NW Minnesota. Coldest I saw was in the early 60's. -53*F. Haven't seen anything in the -40*F range here in North Dakota since the mid 90's. I've got 2 snowmobiles (his and hers) but we've outgrown them. OK, we've gotten to old to enjoy them much anymore would be more accurate.

In Minnesota, back in the 60's, I did get to experience one of those warming phenomenon. It went from a -40 to a +40 in about a half hour. Never forget that one.

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« Reply #413 on: October 13, 2019, 09:57:12 PM »
Well, that was fun. First really good blizzard we've had since about '97. Snow fall total for us was 28". Normally that wouldn't be to bad but this stuff is really wet and heavy. Trees and shrubs really took a beating but other folks have had it worse I guess. I have slowly converted most of my roofing over to metal and this wet snow slid right off, so that relieved the snow loading. I wish I had done the house in metal.   

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« Reply #414 on: October 15, 2019, 05:03:21 PM »
Cold weather here too.  I think it only got up to 84 today.

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« Reply #415 on: October 17, 2019, 05:46:06 PM »
We are enjoying balmy days this week.  It won't last long but I will enjoy it as long as it is around.
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« Reply #416 on: October 20, 2019, 04:27:03 PM »
this winter wool lined beach sandals will not be enough,
just bought some 1,400gr thinsulate boots hi top water proof
mossy oak. they fit well, might have to bust out the animal furs this year.

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« Reply #417 on: October 21, 2019, 08:58:04 AM »
30 F this morning.  Rained most of yesterday but not a lot of accumulation, just a soft rain for hours.  I gotta remember to stop washing the truck, it attracts these storms. 
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« Reply #418 on: October 21, 2019, 10:08:38 AM »
if ya know it's going to rain real good put some soap all over the vehicle ahead of time and get a car wash

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« Reply #419 on: October 21, 2019, 03:36:34 PM »
Good advice, Mikey.....perfect weather for a free car wash here today.  An all-day drizzle, 45 degrees for the wash cycle and the 60+ mph winds that will occur from 4PM today until 4AM tomorrow for the power-rinse & blow-dry. :coffee:


P.S.    No motorcycle riding today. :rolleyes:
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« Reply #420 on: October 21, 2019, 04:41:51 PM »
No riding here either Wolfy.  While soaping up the truck in anticipation of rain sounds good if it rains hard enough to clean the mud off then I am going out to look for Noah.

Still cold here, 30F at 6:00 AM and got to 47F by mid afternoon.  Muddy as all get out too.  Sky to the west looks threatening.  Wind is not bad yet.  Rain coming on Wednesday if the weather guesser is right.
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« Reply #421 on: November 07, 2019, 07:55:32 AM »
Wow, it got to 1 degree this morning.  Coldest day this November so far.  Snowed most of yesterday but not much accumulation.  Sun is out this morning and it is 8 degrees F as I write this. 

The reservoir is frozen over but will probably thaw out once more before it locks up for the winter. 
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« Reply #422 on: November 07, 2019, 09:24:33 AM »
Well, you beat us by 1 degree, Stan.....9 degrees here, this morning.  I fear a LONG winter this year, as we have been getting much colder than 'normal' temperatures through the whole month of October.  Our first dusting of snow occurred yesterday and I saw 3 NICE bucks (2 with a total of 9 points and one with 8 points) when I drove out to the farm yesterday.....so, it looks like it's time to clean the bugs off the bike and check the sights on the Marlin. :coffee:
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« Reply #423 on: November 07, 2019, 09:44:14 AM »
you know if it's not cold enough for ya'll there's always N,dakota and montana.
topping off the wood pile again today. as for the long winter ahead,see this channel on youtube
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« Reply #424 on: November 07, 2019, 12:48:53 PM »
85 today. :fire2:

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« Reply #425 on: November 07, 2019, 02:09:14 PM »
that's mean crash really

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« Reply #426 on: November 08, 2019, 07:48:13 AM »
:rofl: We old pharts kinda' remind me of old dogs that come in from the cold all gimped up and chewing at ice-balls between our toe pads while watching the exuberant young pups rolling, diving and and jumping through the new powder. ;D

 Are you kidding, you haven't been able to reach your toes to nibble on them for years,  probably don't even remember when you could. 
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« Reply #427 on: November 10, 2019, 03:35:35 PM »
I know this is a weather thread, but just had to post a pic of my strawberries just coming in now. I've got 20 plants out, and am excited to see some RED instead of white. Currently 75* F and 54% humidity in SW Florida.




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« Reply #428 on: November 10, 2019, 05:27:41 PM »
that looks sweet greg

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« Reply #429 on: November 10, 2019, 06:52:18 PM »
Those plants look great.

All we got here in South Dakota is snow at the moment.  Headed to single digits tonight, in the 20's most of the day.  Supposed to get up 3" today and another inch or so tonight.  Not too windy (that is coming on Wednesday) so it is tolerable at the moment.

Sermon today was about tolerance.  I have none, especially for the snow, cold, and wind.   :P
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« Reply #430 on: November 10, 2019, 07:44:06 PM »
As I read this thread, it's unimaginable to me the bitter cold that you are having, such a difference from my area. We don't see the temperature variations that you guy's see. I enjoy the cold temporarily, but I've never really experienced cold over an extended time frame. I'm not sure if I could handle it. I'm a cold wimp and typically don't go North of Tampa after October.
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« Reply #431 on: November 10, 2019, 09:12:06 PM »
Makes me wish I lived down there at times.  When things get really bad we all just say "We are lucky we don't live in North Dakota".
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« Reply #432 on: November 10, 2019, 10:54:45 PM »
North Dakota is a balmy 3*F (-16C) tonight, below 0 temps expected tomorrow night. Wind is blowing and the "Feels Like" temperature is -16F.

I used my standby generator this summer for a building project. Thought I would give it a test run before this cold snap moved in. It wouldn't start. Pulled fuel line from carb, no fuel. Pulled inline filter off, no fuel. Siphoned all the fuel out of the gas tank and pulled the fuel line from the bottom of the tank, no fuel. Looked into the tank through the gas cap and holy cow. A great big chunk of ice in the bottom of the tank! Jeez, I just used this thing a month ago. Pulled the tank off the generator. Stuck a screw driver into the tank to break the ice up into pieces small enough to shake out through the gas cap opening and then I found the hole to the gas line feed was also plugged with a sand/ice mix. Holy crap, where did all that come from? I only buy my gas from one place, so I checked all my gas cans. 5 of them and none had ice in them. Weird. I got a bad can of gas from somewhere.

Went to town, got a new filter, gas line and a few bottles of isopropyl alcohol (Heet). Replaced the offending parts, added 2 ounces of Heet to each 5 gallon can and to the generator.  It was starting to get dark and the temperature was dropping but the generator started right up with that new fuel. It feels good knowing the backup is ready, for sure.

That really took me by surprise. I did not expect that at all. I've had the generator since '06 and this is the first time it has failed me in 13 years. I'll have to check my little Honda gen tomorrow. I've been using it almost daily but not since this freezing weather moved in. I hope she's OK because while that Honda is a great machine, it is a real bear to work on.
 
Ice in the tank is not a problem in Florida, I'm sure. Then I see pictures of strawberries. Shake my head and question my life's choices.

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« Reply #433 on: November 11, 2019, 04:10:30 AM »
life choices lol I used to live in Hawaii go figure, and just think only five more months of sub-zero weather,
woohoo
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« Reply #434 on: November 11, 2019, 04:52:00 PM »
I test ran my big generator as well Pete.  I have to spray a little shot of starter fluid on the air cleaner to get it to fire the first time after it sits more than a week or so.  Been that way since new. 

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« Reply #435 on: November 11, 2019, 05:27:43 PM »
We got our first 2'' of snow last night which came about 23 days early, but the COLD is what's unusual.  If it gets down to the -1 low that they are predicting for tonight, we will break a record that has existed since 1911. :puke: :fire2:
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« Reply #436 on: November 11, 2019, 05:35:23 PM »
Where has Al Gore been lately?   :shrug:
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« Reply #437 on: November 11, 2019, 05:38:34 PM »
Heck...already had our third blizzard this fall...and temps dipping to minus -10 ???...two days ago it was +60 degrees...this morning 3 degrees for a low and 14 was our high...i'm confused :shrug:
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« Reply #438 on: November 11, 2019, 05:40:17 PM »
 
Where is Al Gore been lately?   :shrug:
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« Reply #439 on: November 11, 2019, 06:39:41 PM »
Tomorrow the high should be about 81 at 2:00.  With the front coming through, we should be in the upper 50's by 5:00.  People around here will be in parkas.  Me...............I'll be enjoying every minute of it.

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« Reply #440 on: November 12, 2019, 04:53:57 PM »
We got our first 2'' of snow last night which came about 23 days early, but the COLD is what's unusual.  If it gets down to the -1 low that they are predicting for tonight, we will break a record that has existed since 1911. :puke: :fire2:

Well, as it turns out the mercury fell to -3 degrees early this morning.  That was 2 degrees colder than the previous record for this date that was set in 1911. :banana:
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« Reply #441 on: November 12, 2019, 10:29:50 PM »
Well you beat us by 3 degrees and my neighbor down on the river by 1.  It got warm enough today to get everything muddy.  The deer came back today but since I was in my blind with my bow none of the bucks came along. 
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« Reply #442 on: November 13, 2019, 07:42:44 AM »
Naturally. :rolleyes:

We're getting the ol' rain/sleet/snow mix today, but it should warm up into the 50s with lots of mud for the opening day of the rifle season this Saturday. :-\
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« Reply #443 on: November 13, 2019, 08:55:07 AM »
It's been pretty mild here in my part of New England this fall until last week,  we went from averages of 60*F daytime temps down to the mid 30's and nighttime temps dropped from about +40 down to the teens,  ponds are glazed over and we got snow showers all day yesterday, it doesn't look like it's going to warm up until next spring.
Usually the temps fall slowly giving fair warning that winter is on the way, this year it went from normal to F'ing cold overnight,  the good news is it got the deer moving,  my oldest son tagged a 10 pointer in his front yard yesterday morning, it had broken the fence that borders his garden and was helping himself to what was left of the produce, my son went out to chase it off and the buck put it's head down and made a false charge,  my boy retreated to the house and came back out with his loaded Muzzle Loader he keeps by the front door and warned the buck off again,  and again the buck put his head down and pawed at the ground, in about a week or so he'll be steak, hamburger, and sausage.   
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« Reply #444 on: November 13, 2019, 10:11:34 AM »
Rained most of the night here.  Temperature is in the low forties right now and windy.  Muddy like Nebraska.  Rifle starts on Saturday and, like Craig's area, it will be muddy.  In addition we got information from the Game department that there is a lot of Chronic Wasting Disease going on and they would like heads to test during the season.   
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« Reply #445 on: November 13, 2019, 03:39:00 PM »
Rained most of the night here.  Temperature is in the low forties right now and windy.  Muddy like Nebraska.  Rifle starts on Saturday and, like Craig's area, it will be muddy.  In addition we got information from the Game department that there is a lot of Chronic Wasting Disease going on and they would like heads to test during the season.

How long have you guys been dealing with that disease, seems like it's been years ?

Does it affect the quality of the meat ?
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« Reply #446 on: November 13, 2019, 06:18:40 PM »
Rained most of the night here.  Temperature is in the low forties right now and windy.  Muddy like Nebraska.  Rifle starts on Saturday and, like Craig's area, it will be muddy.  In addition we got information from the Game department that there is a lot of Chronic Wasting Disease going on and they would like heads to test during the season.

How long have you guys been dealing with that disease, seems like it's been years ?

Does it affect the quality of the meat ?

It comes and goes.  Usually 'regional' outbreaks that spread, fade or move into an entirely different area, altogether.  Some areas have mild-case histories, where others experience a near 'deer-apocalypse' like we did here in my neck o' the woods a few years back.  I was still farming back when it was at it's worst, so it ain't been THAT long ago......but, they're back to nearly perfect populations at present.

Oh, and no, I wouldn't eat it! :puke:
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« Reply #447 on: November 20, 2019, 05:56:30 PM »
     Today we hovered right around the freezing level, 30 to 33 F. .  Snow started early this morning and kept on until about 3 this afternoon. Big flakes, and little on the wet side and just a whisper of a breeze. One of those days when the sound is muffled and you can hear the snowflakes landing. We ended up with about 5 inches and it was just a beautiful late fall day. Deer tracks in the snow, evergreen branches sagging a bit, all in all, a great day for those of us that are retired and don't have to be anywhere. I like to push snow at night, it's easier to see where I've been. These early season snows are kind of fun. Early Blizzards and late spring snows, not so much. But for now, I enjoy it.

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« Reply #448 on: November 20, 2019, 08:22:04 PM »
We are getting a little drizzle on and off but not enough to ice up anything.  Supposed to get up to an inch tonight and so far it hasn't started.  Temperature at 8:00 pm mountain time is 28 and we are headed for the teens as lows the next couple of days. 

Deer hunting is not too much fun when the wind is hitting 30 mph which is what we are supposed to get the next couple of days.  I am getting too old for this weather up here.
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« Reply #449 on: November 29, 2019, 09:30:55 AM »
Moe I just saw your question and wolfy's answer to it.  That is how it is here too, it comes and goes.  Seems like between the wasting disease and blue tongue they would die off but they don't, although their populations are way down from ten years ago.  Mule deer populations are actually pretty  good in our area.

Sorry I didn't see this sooner.
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