Expect an average year in California. According to Craig Stowers, deer program coordinator for the California Department of Fish and Game, the upcoming season won't be much different from that of other years. However, he says that forest fires burned more than 1 million acres of land in the southern region over the last two years, and improved habitat should soon emerge. Winter mortality was negligible, with no serious problems. Regarding the drought that has affected other states, Stowers says that many areas in California always suffer from drought.