Reality hit me hard when I scouted the 6,000 acre ranch where my tag was issued. Bumping around most of the afternoon in a truck with the landowner the day before the season, we saw three antelope. Three! Steven saw about 20 head on the same property on a scouting trip ten days earlier. Back in the good ole days, 50 head or more was common in a day's hunt, I was told. It seems that of the three major big game species in New Mexico, elk, deer and antelope, antelope have been hit the hardest by the drought, with little to no fawn recruitment in three years plus some adult mortality.