Overall outlook: Deer numbers look good throughout the state, according to Luke Meduna, wildlife biologist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. "Whitetail deer continue to recover from the hemorrhagic disease outbreaks of 2012 and 2013, with some areas recovering faster than others," he said. "Mule deer numbers are variable across the state. In the southwest, we are dealing with too many mule deer, and in areas across the east and northwest, mule deer are stable to declining due to a variety of causes, such as habitat loss and meningeal brainworm, among others." Meduna added that Nebraska hunters take a fairly high percentage of older bucks. About 35 to 40 percent of whitetails taken by hunters were 3.5 years old or older, compared to about 15 percent in the early 2000s. Likewise, more than 50 percent of mule deer shot by Nebraska hunters are 3.5 or older, up from about 15 percent in the early 2000s.