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Winter Severity Index numbers top 180 in Bemidji area

outdoors Bemidji,Minnesota 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
Winter Severity Index numbers top 180 in Bemidji area
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

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.

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