High Plains Deer Management at the Mica Peak Buck Hotel
by Brad Bailey
No matter where you manage whitetails, you are likely to face challenges. In Washington state, brothers Jason and Zach Olmstead have taken a 920-acre tract on the side of Mica Peak and are transforming it into prime whitetail habitat, creating a five-star Buck Hotel in the westernmost arm of the whitetail’s range. The issues they deal with are unusual compared to those faced by whitetail managers in the Southeast or Midwest, including extremely dry weather, harsh winters with heavy snowfall, bears, cougars – even wolves – but their efforts at Quality Deer Management (QDM) in the high desert of eastern Washington are working despite the challenges.
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