Deer numbers way down in my part of the state also. I usually go out opening morning and see deer every where. I saw one deer opening day. Only saw two more deer all season. Very little sign. I drive by the winter grounds all the time and usually see several hundred deer at a time. When i went by two weeks ago we saw less than 10.
Due to obligations taking care of an elderly parent didn't get out much for gophers last year but when I did their numbers seemed normal. If the gophers disappear then all the reason for suffering through the cold winters here are gone, I might as well live in Wyoming then.