Luv2Hunt ... I have no idea what the property you own looks like, but for game ... other than deer ... we see alot. I commented that I saw more grouse this season than in many season's past. We probably kicked up one, if not two almost every time we went to stand. Acorns were very scarce by us this year (we don't have a lot of oaks anyways) but squirrels were everywhere (noisy basterds). Turkeys? We have them by the handfull trading between properties. My son had about 2 dozen treed about 40 yards from him one morning and never knew they were there ... ... until first light and they got down!!! We have a bunch of rabbits in the tangles behind the garage. Where we practice shooting our bows, there's rabbit M&M's all over, back there. I saw more Woodcock than I can recall in past years and it wasn't exceptionally wet back by the south 40. I've seen fishers and mushrats on the ditch and the occassional wood duck (looking for acorns??) on the ditch.
Again, we had signs deer were on our property (scrapes, trails, rubs, cam pics, kicked them up on the way in, headlights coming back from burgers at the Reel Inn) but most all deer movements seemed to be midnight, 1:00 a.m. typically, this year.
All I can say is that if truthfully the absence of deer sign of any kind in 4 years, you have to be hunting on some poor deer habitat. "Make your spot better or find a better spot." (Drury Outdoors). That's why we're going "all in" this year to re-vamp and re-plant all our food plots. last season (2009) little rain and over-crowding weeds and the wrong seed, severely hampered our plots. This year - for various whiney excuses - we never got plots in. The deer seen per hour on the stand by my son and I up there, decreased immensly over seasons before 2009. Food plots have to get in for 2011 to be better. I'm convinced of that.
Is there a way to make your property better? Can you plant fall food plots? Do you use trail cams? So I question if your property can hold and maintain deer based on habitat, food, water, cover ... but I don't think the absence of "all game" on your property can be the fault of any DNR actions. But that's my opinion.
One day my ship will come in!! My luck, I'll be at the airport.