Winter is the chief killer of deer here. A normal winter kills a fair number of deer and particularly the youngsters who have not bulked up and cannot forage/browse in the deep snow. The past winter was very mild, both in temperature and depth of snow. I saw proof of that just now as a doe with three fawns trotted across the neighbour’s yard heading to the bush. Normally, a doe will have one fawn, with two in a good year and three in a fantastic year. I expect deer quotas for hunters will be increased as most of southern Manitoba had a very mild winter.