Wildlife officials don't expect any changes in the upcoming season, indicating it should be the same as last year. Barry Hill, deer program manager for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, says the state is still in a long-term drought, which hurts habitat. Consequently, deer numbers aren't what biologists would like them to be. The southern areas have been hit hardest by the drought. Besides mule deer, New Mexico also has Coues deer in the southwest and Texas whitetails along its eastern border.