For Whitetails timing is key for rainfall.
True. The thing I am worried about is the rainfall starting so late. The deer were in POOR shape prior to the rains and already starting antler development. It seems that, oftentimes, the deer put those newly available nutrients back into developing their bodies, and then put it into antlers. Years with poor winter/spring moisture often equal slightly below average development and BRITTLE antlers.
I predict lots of busted beams early on this year. I hope that I am wrong.
The quail (the ones who survived the LONG dry spell) are also getting a late start on nesting. Research shows that early broods have the highest survocal rate. Time will tell...