My wife and I were out to breakfast this morning (happens to be last day of 4th season) and saw a friend who owns a taxidermy and meat processing business. He told me that this year was the worst year he has had since opening his business 20 years ago. The bucks and bulls were smaller than before, especially the buck deer. Most of the people coming in for processing were not doing too well either. The one positive thing he said was that he has checked in more bears than ever.
First rifle season started out with a bang. Snowed for opening day and we all know how that can help. But second season was warm/hot and the hunting suffered. 3rd got some snow too and seemed a little better. Some rain/snow showers for 4th, but overall still warm.
I also have spent a lot of time in the NF where there are usually lots of big camps with 6 to 10 hunters. Saw maybe 1/2 as many as I usually see. Maybe the economy or the earlier promise of non residents not coming to Colorado because of our much publicized new gun legislation. Who knows!