I saw very few deer this year. I used to see about a dozen before noon on the first Monday. This year I didn't see a live deer till the first Wednesday and then it was a couple small does. About the only way you could see a deer for most of that first week was to hunt them like rabbits. You had to go around kicking old treetops and such to get them to get up and go! I finally did get a crippled 6 pt on the first Saturday. A whopping 10 yard shot with the 300wby! One shot through the neck just below the base of the skull.
We had snow last Saturday. Just about everywhere we followed deer tracks there were also coyote tracks there.
I'm going to have to dust off the flintlocks and go out after Christmas. I still have a doe tag and my sons still have tags.
My brother's family ended up with three small bucks and a doe. My younger son got a doe in the October muzzle loader season. I guess that even though we didn't see many deer this year, we actually didn't do that badly.