This is a tough time of year for deer. They're in the depths of winter, and one of the most important ways they survive is by conserving energy. If they have to run from people or dogs, it burns precious body fat that could mean the difference between life or death. Idaho Department of Fish and Game has closed its Boise River Wildlife Management Area to protect deer, but a lot of deer winter outside the WMA.
They don't have an option where they spend their winters, but we do. If you want to get outdoors this winter, try to do it where you're not going to encounter wintering deer, and keep your dog under control at all times.
We're lucky to live so close to wildlife, but recent snowstorms have pushed deer closer to the valley floor, and it is up to us to help them survive.