Now, in 2015, things are MUCH better! Above average to record amounts of rain have fallen this spring and summer. At my ranch south of Amarillo, I got 10 inches in my rain gauge in May alone. Playa lakes that were dry for five years are as full as I’ve seen them in my lifetime. Wildflowers exploded across the prairie. That means the land is recovering, there’s lots of feed for bucks to grow big antlers, lots of cover to hide newborn fawns, a bumper crop of quail and on and on. This is the best year for growing big antlers in at least half a decade.