"With that much snowfall, I don't think a lot of trapping got done," said Rich Rogers, the DNR's furbearer project leader. "It shouldn't have much effect on the number of pelts that get taken, but it did get mountain-county trappers off to a later start."
The impact on bowhunters should be minimal as well.
The bear archery harvest shouldn't suffer much, mainly because bears were already scattered widely through the woods and were difficult for archers to locate.
Decades' worth of DNR data have shown that bowhunters kill far fewer bears when mast is plentiful than when it is scarce. This fall's abundant acorn crop was depressing the bow harvest even before the snowstorm hit.
Johansen believes the deer archery harvest will be affected, but only a little.
"It will provide a short-term hindrance to hunters," he said. "Again, we don't anticipate the snow staying on all that long."
Had the storm come just a week later, during the run-up to the peak of the rut, Johansen might have had a different opinion. Coming when it did - just days after rutting activity began - the storm probably affected only those archers who are so diehard they spend every possible waking moment in the woods.
"Really, I don't think we should anticipate much of an effect on the deer archery kill," Johansen said.
Sportsmen probably won't know until January the full extent of the blizzard's impact on hunting. DNR officials usually release the results of the fall turkey harvest sometime in December, and the deer and bear archery results in January.