It's more the cats than anything else. but if you talk to ODFW they have a line of bullchit about poor habitat conditions being the cause the last 20 years. this is total crap, and if you call them on it they just shine you on and basically tell you to go to hell.
The winter of 91-92 , or was it 92-93? was a real deer killer in Murderers Creek and most of eastern Oregon, but the deer numbers are worse now than then. if this winter continues it will be disaster and the numbers could be sent even lower. Never fear ODFW won't cut tag numbers , they have a budget to meet so the dink whackers and deer campers are safe.
The elk numbers are down from their highs but still decent, nothing cutting tag numbers and limiting archery tags wouldn't cure. the deer are going to need more drastic measures if we're ever to see them rebound. and I have little hope of that. even less in ODFW .
Stay Thirsty My Friends