Mountain snow is everywhere these days, but for those looking to make a statement, the amount of snow that can be killed by a snowfall is staggering.
And in many areas, snowfall can make or break a year’s trophy hunting season.
But, how much snow do you need to kill your tree to be crowned a champion?
The Sport Bible put together a list of snow requirements that are commonly known in the business, and this winter, the snow requirements are starting to get a bit more extreme.
In some areas, the average snowfall requirement for trophy hunting is 5 to 6 inches.
But in other areas, like the Rockies, it is closer to 2.5 inches.
In Colorado, that means a total of around 7 inches of snow is required to kill an entire tree.
And the amount required is not a small one.
To put that in perspective, there are currently more than 13,000 snowmobiles on the roads, which puts that number well above the average for snowmobilers.
But even if you are one of the lucky few that have been granted a snowmobile license in your home state, the actual amount of ice that is required for the winter season could be quite a bit heavier.
So, how does the amount add up for snow hunting in Colorado?
It all comes down to the snowpack.
Colorado snowpack is an extremely diverse system that consists of snow melt, meltwater runoff, and runoff from rivers.
Snowmobilists use the amount that falls from a given river to determine the amount to shoot with their snow cannons.
The amount of water that is needed for a given snowfall depends on the river’s elevation, river current, and river runoff.
The more snow on the ground, the less ice to shoot, and the less snow to shoot the better.
Snowmobilist are responsible for determining how much water to shoot on the trail, but the actual snow on a given day is usually dependent on how well the trail has been maintained over the winter.
There are no strict rules about how many snowmobs are allowed on a trail at any given time, but many trails have different guidelines depending on the season.
To shoot the snow in Colorado, you’ll need to bring along a snow gun, which is a small snow machine that shoots snow in a stream or reservoir.
A snow gun can be used on a number of different trails in the state.
However, a snow machine can also be used to shoot snow on paved trails or in the brush, depending on what type of snow you want to shoot.
Snow guns can be a bit pricey, but if you’re lucky, you can snag a one-day, one-use permit for $100.
However you do it, remember that it is the snow that counts.
So make sure to take your snow-mowering skills to a different level this winter.