Warm winter helps Maine wildlife.
Following a mild winter, 2016 might be the year to book your Maine hunting trip for deer and moose.
In a video interview, Maine wildlife biologist, Rich Hoppe explains why 2016 could be a great year for wildlife in the state following a very mild winter.
“The deer are doing exceptionally well. In fact this is the best winter that I have ever seen in my 28 years up here in the county,” Hoppe said.
Less snow allowed for more movement, and that translated to an easier time finding food. Deer and moose can therefore spread out while searching for food, as opposed to clumping together in the same vicinity, giving predators a better shot at making a kill.
“This is tremendous, not only for deer but all wild life. We know the weather regime is quite rigorous. And winter is a tremendous limiting factor in survivor-ship for all wildlife. I guess it boils down to, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Hoppe.
Could 2016 be the year with the best odds for you to tag a trophy in Maine?