Yep, the deer are there. While I think there are a few less deer in the woods, some folks have been wanting to argue that the deer are all gone. There's this fella over on another site that's been harassing us for going on two years now that the population is decimated from the drought. Says he used to see "100s" of deer in a field and now he's lucky to see just a few. He chastises anyone who dares to even talk about shooting does.
But I agree with stx. The abundance of food has moved the deer off the drought patterns we've been used to seeing the last few years. They win, and I'm good with it too. I drove over 1,200 miles round trip to my place and hunted for 10 solid days. Never shot a deer. And other than not being able to shoot a deer with my kids, I'm OK with that.