Tramp makes a great point about the effects of EHD on deer herd’s in the Great Plains. While opportunities have definitely been reduced across the region, numbers are on the upswing. So is hunter participation after a few down years. Of course, a lot of the health of the herds, and the phenomenal antler growth reported, is due to the incredibly wet spring we had this year, as well as last year’s wet fall and mild winter. Deer survival rates are up, and bucks were in great shape coming into the deer season. So, while the rut itself was protracted, and according to some hunters almost non-existent, bucks that did present themselves to hunters were of trophy quality.