Hunters shouldn't expect a great deer season this year, thanks to the drought. According to Brian Wakeling, big-game management supervisor for the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, the winter wasn't bad. A fair amount of moisture this spring improved plant growth, helping fawn recruitment. However, the drought has prompted wildlife officials to offer the lowest number of deer tags in modern times. Wakeling says more spring rains could help turn that scenario around in the future and is cautiously optimistic. In the famous Kaibab region, known for trophy mule deer, biologists are intentionally keeping deer numbers down to allow habitat to recover.