A mix of cold weather and fewer areas for deer to feed have led to a decline in the deer population around Grand Marais. In an effort to curb the decline, the Grand Marais Sportsmen Club has started a feeding program.
"We started this program about a month ago here in Grand Marais and we felt it was a much needed program and we've been wanting to do it for quite a while," said Jack Hubbard of the Grand Marais Sportsmen Club.
A mix of cold weather and fewer areas for the deer to feed have led to a decline in the deer population around Grand Marais.
Currently, feeding is taking place in two areas about two miles apart from each other.
In association with the Department of Natural Resources, the sportsmen club has a program that is allowing many deer to stay healthy during the harsh conditions. Using the wrong food can have adverse consequences and so taking the proper steps through the DNR has allowed for great success.
"To have a winter feeding program, you need to feed more than just your corns and grains, you have to have a mix. We require second cut or later alfalfa, grains like corns, and any protein pellets that aren't animal based products," said Don Brown, Wildlife Technician for the DNR.
Funding a feeding program isn't easy, but the club has been able to raise money and receive donations from the program without having to use money from the sportsmen club.
While we are already into March, that doesn't mean that the deer are out of the woods just yet.
"It's very important that we can keep some donations coming in and feed these deer right on through until spring break out when they get out of here which is who knows when that's going be," said Hubbard.
The number of deer saved as a result of this program is small compared to the entire deer population in the Upper Peninsula, but every little bit helps.