So, with this nice coating of snow, I decided it would be perfect to hit the mountain today.
Hit the front side of Douglas island (cannot fully disclose location)
Hunted some meadows, cut fresh tracks where we spooked what looked like by the tracks a decent sized animal.....Tried to run it down the whole day, took me all the way up into the alpine. I never saw it except for its but as it went into some timber. I ran out of time and had to be down to go to work so I couldnt pursue any longer.
On the way down I ran into a few fresh deer beds, as well as lots of fresh tracks.
All the tracks seemed to be concentrated around timbered brush with decent sized creeks nearby, so I would focus efforts there.
That being said, the area I hunt I grew up hunting and I saw no sign in the typical areas you see sign. It definately seems with this first snowfall that deer numbers are down on Douglas, however I was able to manage finding a few pockets of where they were hanging out. I would focus on dense areas...
Hope this helps..
FYI snow dept at 2,000ft or so was about 12-15 inches and powder with a slight crust underneathe of it. Tempatures were freezing as evident by my froze wool pant legs...