Are you serious? Everyone knows that Deer turn into Elk after 4 years....rifle666 said:Do elk eat deer?
all my deer holes are full of elk, i usually see at least 100 deer a day with 30% buckies, this year hiked the soles of my rockies and only saw 20 deer. a few baby buckies. so where did all my deer go?
I have decided that the elk ate them
The DWR also manages Elk and Deer very different. They manage our elk herds for the most part like they manage deer on the henry mtns. They limit hunting pressure by giving out very few tags. They dont have a general season for elk that is divided into 5 large regions. They micromanage the elk a little closer. Imagine what our deer herds would be like if they were managed the same way. They only bad part would be that less people would get to hunt deer.MULE DEER VERSES ELK By Art Isberg
It seems nearly inconceivable that the grand return of one big-game animal could so adversely impact another, but that is exactly what has happened over many areas in the west where elk have made a strong comeback. The reasons for this have been known and understood for some time now, and once again we find the answer in habitat and food choices both animals make.
Although deer and elk do have some overlapping in their diets, elk eat a far greater variety of grasses and some forbs, while mule deer mainly rely on shrubs and some forbs making them more selective in what they require. Stomach and body size also require that deer eat a higher quality of food, while elk can fare better when these choices are severally limited and winter snows cover the land. Compressed on winter range, elk are more aggressive than deer, can browse higher out of reach of deer, and in general come through winter with females in better shape carrying their unborn young for spring.
Bitter winter temperatures, high winds and deep snows always have a more pronounced effect on deer than elk, and this is constantly proven in the falling number of mule deer after prolonged severe winters. Elk also survive in greater numbers because where plant succession expressed in regrowth of taller timber and heavy cover has taken over blocking out sunlight for lower plant production deer need, they can shift their diets easier to lower quality foods and still survive.
This is a conversation from a recent RAC meeting (July 7, 2007):coyoteslayer said:This is for Wyo2ut. I wonder how many people would line up to buy a spike deer tag.