Winter weakens, spring kills: Late snow creates tough conditions for big game

In January, deer and elk in Oregon were in good body condition, and it looked like another mild winter for the state. Then came February.
”We got two feet of snow in 24 hours here in central Oregon and then another foot over the next 36 hours,” said Rob Tanner, co-founder and president of Oregon Shed Hunters, a group created to preserve the sport and promote ethical shed hunting. ”It's as much snow as I've seen in the 20 years I've lived here. The local animals . . .