So- talking to basically anyone I know- this season is far better than last. On average. Any place in the state, any neighborhood on average. Way better than 2017. Yes- u have neighborhoods that got shot to heck last year or didn’t get rain this year, whatever. BUT.... on average the big deer folks have is far better based on 90% folks across state I know. Are you guys seeing this BROADLY & ON AVERAGE??? Reasons why, IMO.... 1) drought last year destroyed huge growth potential on majority of farms. This year instead of massive drought- most of the state has had good rain. Reasons rain & lack of stressful massive heat are nutrition & massive browse amounts, plenty of water, no stressed & heat exhausted deer, etc. biggest reason IMO is the “better” amount of rain most got vs last year. 2) pretty much recovered from ehd. 2012 & 2013 were worst on average. I got PUMMELLED in 2015. BAD!!! Well- that’s 5 years needed (or even more for quantities of deer to catch up) to really replenish Age structures. Most areas are out far enough from EHD this is actually the year where things genuinely are “caught back up” from the devastation. In reality, could be a couple more years of improvement still if we get lucky enough to avoid massive ehd outbreaks. Each year out from devastation has been improvement though. 3) Much like ehd.... being 2-3 years out FINALLY from the LATE SHED BUCK SEASON (RIFLES TO LATE JANUARY!) also is bearing the fruits of a replenished and “healed” deer herd that sustained much stress, damage & degradation to deer herd. Finally recovered or continuing. My fear is: 1) EHD cycles again. 2) Dnr expands their shed buck season again with excuse of cwd. Step by step re-implementing it. Citizens have a “little” control on 1st one and total control on 2nd one. 2nd one is far messier with special interests lobbying behind scenes & hunters who don’t or won’t get involved & shrug it off. 3) further liberalization of regs, new weapons, new seasons, changing deer regs period that put more pressure & killing on the fragile resource. Anyways, 95% of this post is positive & wondering if others are seeing same? We really look like we are heading into a “much better” 2018 season STATEWIDE. Folks will still deal with access issues, hard hunted areas, tough hunting BUT, IMO- over most the state- this looks MUCH BETTER than 2017. General thoughts or feedback? **i have my eye on buck I call Chad 2.0!! . 5 years old and he’s all of 110”!!!!! . Ha!!