Winter Severity Index numbers top 180 in Bemidji area
BEMIDJI — The Winter Severity Index (WSI) compiled by DNR officials confirm that the winter was tough on the deer herd in the Bemidji area.
The WSI gives a point for each day each day that the temperature is 0 or below and another point for each day that 15 inches or more of snow is on the ground.
A winter with a WSI above 100 is considered tough on the deer herd and one that reaches 180 is severe.
The WSI in much of the Bemidji area as of April 9 reached severe levels as the WSI was 180 or greater in most of deer permit area 184 and a good portion of areas 110 and 197. The other territory in those three permit areas had WSIs of 160-179.
South and west of Bemidji, in permit areas 259, 287 and 210, the WSI measured between 140 and 179.All of northeast Minnesota had WSIs of 180 or higher.