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hi, i have been hunting in the same location in western mass for the last 10 years, every year it seems like there is less deer

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  • hi, i have been hunting in the same location in western mass for the last 10 years, every year it seems like there is less deer

    hi, i have been hunting in the same location in western mass for the last 10 years, every year it seems like there is less deer sign but there has been more moose sign. do moose push whitetails out of their area? or can they co-exist. thanks

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    It is true, an increasing moose population will put a strain on a deer population when they are appempting to co-exist. Moose consume a lot of the same sources of food as deer, the only difference is they consume much more of it. Just ask the deer hunters in the Northest Kingdon of Vermont. It has became common for them in the late 90's and early 2000's to see 6-8 mature bull moose together during deer season, yet never see a deer. Although the other side of the argument is that western MA probably has a higher carrying capacity for moose and deer because it generally experiences less severe winters, which are responsible for much of the deer kill in the Northeast Kingdom. (its kind of difficult for deer to find feed in 2-3 feet of snow)

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