I don't think so... there are still available low lands that they can move into when need be and the elk handle the snow pretty well anyway. I'm just hoping that it keeps the grass green longer this year... the White tail move off of the property as soon as the grass goes brown, typically a few weeks to a month BEFORE the opening of the deer season! Maybe we'll get lucky this year?
It has been a pretty average year in terms of rainfall in eastern Oregon this year. But the difference was how cold it was….Snow in the valleys that typically melts off between storms didn’t melt this year. But according to ODFW that didn’t impact either deer or elk in eastern Oregon. The other thing is we have had a cold spring combined with the cold winter so the snow is melting off slowly and lots of places are still inaccessible. This has allowed for more water to soak into the ground and be held for later in the summer and allowed springs that were not running last year to run this year. I am hoping for a good chuckar hatch this spring……And good big game hunting….