I will be Monday am bright and early. Will be the first for.me.this year. Last year saw plenty. Swampcat I think said it was a little slow in a previous post. All the flooding this year may have affected some who.knows, I have never hunted there with that much water previously.
My son and I have hunted a fair bit. Pretty slow. Lot of acorns. We have seen a few. Been a weird year for us. Slow for me last year also - never drew my bow over there. Probably going to get worse in the future. 53 days flooded in May and June about wiped out the fawn crop. First three weeks of season, only ten deer were checked.
They'll come back. They usually follow the water as it recedes. Deer and turkey both. Both bucks and does are such home bodies that they will swim or whatever it takes to get back to their core area. I've been in places that were underwater just the day before and deer tracks all over the place in the mud. As soon as the fawns can travel the doe will lead them to her home spot.
I think the adults came back - but I also think most of the fawn crop was lost. Current deer regs from both the state and the feds don't allow for any contingency in case things don't happen the way they are supposed to in a perfect world. Shoot the does down MIGHT work in some places, but in the real world, were you have disease, flooding, predators, etc - I think you have to allow for those type things. I fear it will take a few years to catch back up.