A few observations: In the Texas Panhandle where I live, we finished the 2013 calendar year five inches below normal on rainfall. And so far January has been dry. The whole region is dry and we are essentially starting year four of an extended drought. We need moisture this winter and spring to grow grass and weeds to help deer rebound from the stress of winter, help our does raise fawns, and help our bucks grow bigger racks. If we do not get the moisture, expect another below-average year on fawn recruitment and average antlers in fall 2014. Ranches that reduce livestock stocking rates, offer supplemental feed programs for wildlife, and have good water sources evenly distributed on the property have the best chance of helping the deer through tough times.