Winter is the most critical season for ungulate survival. Forage is scarce and generally of poor quality, energetic demands are high, and snow restricts ungulate movement. High quality winter ranges, where features of topography, stand structure, and stand age combine to produce shallow snow packs, forage opportunities, and thermal shelter in the same habitat will increase ungulate over winter survival. The purpose of this project was to assess the critical winter habitat quality and optimum locations within two previously designated deer winter range sites within the Rainy and McNab drainages. One transect was completed within the western portion of the Rainy DWR on August 15, 2003. After numerous attempts to get into the other sites, snow prevented further assessment during the timing period of this present project.