Mule deer numbers return to new normal as CPW works to meet challenges | Hunting in Western Colorado

Meeker-area hunting outfitter Shawn Welder had just come down from the Flat Tops high country in mid-July and was struck by the lack of something he would see as a teenager when guiding up there.

Back then, it was not uncommon to see groups of what he and others called woodbucks on the tundra, perhaps huddled around clumps of willows.