But another mild winter should help deer bounce back within a couple years. While summer drought reared its ugly head again in the region, conditions haven't been nearly as dire as they were in 2012. Whitetails have had more food available, including a good apple crop, and virtually no EHD outbreaks have been reported thus far. All these factors will enable deer to go into the fall in good shape, albeit in fewer numbers in the western part of the region. Still, hunters should see plenty of deer in the Midwest, with mature bucks congregated in areas with relatively light hunting pressure, as usual.