Due to lack of good nutrition despite abundant cover, the average whitetail will weigh about 120 pounds. Denser populations can be found in the Panhandle counties of Escambia, Leon, Tallahassee and Santa Rosa. Habitat is better along the Apalachicola River basin flowing from southern Georgia and in bottomlands along the Escambia and Perdido rivers coming from southern Alabama. The drought that has gripped Florida in the last few years doesn't seem to have affected the deer herd. About 120,000 deer were taken last season, an increase Morgan believes is due to better survey information from hunters.