Wow, jal_ut, I don't know what a DWR is, (assuming some sort of gov't conservation/eco org), but if you folks in Utah get help with pest critters, you truly are lucky. Winter-Spring '14-'15 here in New York was particularly hard on the deer. We had near-daily snowfall and nearly nightly sub-zero temps that only occasionally rose into the low 20s during the days. I put up deer net that year and they blew right through it. Now, I have 6' snow fence around the house yard. That year, the deer ate anything and everything. My cedar arch, chamaecypress, blueberries, and rhododendrons. They even ate junipers and boxwoods. They left no green uneaten. This one was 10 ft away from an open window with a radio blaring out of it.
This one knocked down the lower rail to get to the blueberry bushes.
They all tried to find relatively warm spots to rest during the day and conserve energy.
This one scared the bejeezers out of me as it's rump was right outside my kitchen window one morning. I threw open the window and yelled at it, but it just turned around and stared at me, as if to say, "Whuuuut?"
But one particular deer was in the habit of sleeping next to our foundation every night. Each morning, I'd go out and chase it away, but the rhodo there was completely defoliated. Then one morning...nononononononono!!!!!!! It didn't move!
I called everywhere-state DEC, county co-operative extension, all I heard from them was NO! Finally, I contacted our trash hauler who told me that our landfill will take small animals. Luckily, this one fit in a contractor bag, and for $10, they came and picked it up. Later that spring I found out our neighbor had one die near his house. In the dead of night, he dragged his out near the road. (I was told during my many phone calls that THAT would be illegal). Wouldn't you think that if the deer populations get so large that they are suffering (along with us), they'd change the hunting quotas accordingly?