For the past three years, drought has been part of any conversation about land and wildlife in the south central region. Without adequate rainfall, there is little cover to hide fawns from predators, little to no crop production, no spring and summer plant growth on rangelands to provide food for deer and produce big antlers on bucks. And, of course, water is scarce. The most recent drought map shows random parts of Texas and the extreme western Oklahoma Panhandle with some drought conditions, but New Mexico is the worst off. Almost the entire state is shaded in red and brown, indicating extreme and exceptional drought levels.