In four hard days of hard hunting--including three days of drives, my New England hunting crew and I have nothing to show for our efforts. In fact, we've only seen four or five deer in total--and that's among eight hunters. The deer check station in town has done little business. The big story among those who I've spoken with is simply that there aren't any deer--no rubs, no scrapes, no does, no tails, no nothing. Theories, of course, abound: Too many coyotes, too hard of a winter, we've killed too many does, there aren't enough hunters in the woods anymore to move the deer and on it goes. The truth, no doubt lies somewhere in there, but there is little doubt in my mind that there is a huge problem in our deer woods. We all hoped that snow might change the equation and tip the odds in our favor, but six inches of fresh snow on Saturday hasn't seemed to have made a difference. The upcoming week will tell the tale.