Winter Has Been Long, But Not Particularly Severe In Northwest Minnesota, Index Shows

The spring of 2017-18 is beginning to seem as if it never will end, but it won’t go down as particularly severe, at least in northwest Minnesota.
According to an item in the April edition of Norris Camp News, the Winter Severity Index at Norris Camp, headquarters of Red Lake Wildlife Management Area south of Roosevelt, Minn., was 93 on April 9. The index tallies a point for each day with a temperature below zero and/or more than 15 inches of snow on the ground. Cold days with abundant snow can accrue two points.
According to the newsletter, the long-term average of winter severity at Norris Camp is 102. And while points began accruing early this year because of November snow accumulation, the conditions aren’t expected to have an effect on deer populations at Norris Camp, and the fluffy snow likely benefited ruffed grouse, the newsletter said.
Spring will get here eventually, and Norris Camp again this year will offer a blind for watching drumming ruffed grouse. For more information, call Norris Camp at (218) 783-6861. A similar opportunity for viewing sharptails on their spring dancing grounds is available through the Baudette Area Wildlife Office at (218) 634-1705 ext. 222.