The harsh weather and limited food supplies makes winter a struggle for survival. The deer depend upon various food supplies to get them through the winter. Much of their time is spent browsing twigs from ground level to as high as a deer can reach standing nearly erect.
Supplemental feeding is discouraged or made unlawful by conservation agencies however food plots planting are usually encouraged. Food plots as pictured here are often used by hunters for attracting deer during the hunting seasons but they can also be an important source of winter survival food.