From what I've seen, deer are a similar story. I would say numbers are generally down statewide but the west river deer have been impacted more. EHD killed a lot of deer in the south central part of the state in 2012 after the flooding.
That being said, huntable numbers do exist in most areas imo. If you're the type of guy that is willing to hunt a lower population of animals to avoid crowds, SD might be worth looking into.
These are simply my observations and I am in no way an expert. Maybe Retterath can touch on what i've said?
I can't seem to find anything on points either and I really have no idea what it would take...
Sorry it took so long to get back to this post, but the west river deer numbers are down including antelope also. West corson county got hit terrible this year on the whitetails. Right now the best antelope heard is in Harding county around buffalo but don't know draw odds for antelope. For west river resident my wife and I both drew whitetail tags last year,then after we got our tags in the mail 3 weeks later the g&f sent out letters wondering if we were willing to give back tag cause now they realized the numbers were terrible. Now to draw a special deer tag which is you can shoot either whitetail or mulie it will take a resident about 4-5 years to get that. Talked to the game warden and they are definitely going to cut back on deer tags this year.
I'm a little late to the party, but congrats. on those nice deer.
Very nice deer bet they look nice on the wall next to each other.
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well done on some great bucks. congrats