A lot of public land is starting to mature and not providing great food/bedding areas. Although around my neck of the woods, the 6 deer shot that I know will probably affect the herd at a local level. Still, I didn't hear as much shooting around Stevens Point or the Appleton area. My Dad's doe was the only deer seen by him or I around Stevens Point. The 4 pt I got on Thanksgiving was the only deer I had seen. There are probably some deer out there but not as many as in the past few years. SOme of the other hunters I know in both areas said the same thing.
mtnman: An archery club I belong to has a cabin in Florence. Haven't heard about the deer season, maybe a few deer shot but not much.