You may be right, Colorado Oak. I also remember reading a couple of decades ago (
) that mule deer were easy compared to whitetails and elk, and were a dime a dozen. Elk, on the other hand, were elusive and rare. Certainly, over the last few years, I have seen a lot more elk than I have mule deer, and while I've not taken a true trophy buck, I have taken a 6x6 elk. Now it seems that a trophy mule deer is more elusive.
In Colorado, former mule deer winter ranges are now subdivisions, shopping malls, and developed lands. Migration routes are now bisected by highways and paved roads. Thousands of mulies have been killed by cars in last 15 years.
Development or mulies? That is the question in the heads of the professional game management folks. Guess who always wins?
Same thing is happening in parts of MT, WY, and Canada.