Colorado has been experiencing pretty extreme drought this year, on top of record heat. The terrible wildfires should be a big clue that this weather is both unusual and severe. Much of the front range is under Stage II fire restriction, meaning that even shooting is banned on public land except in designated areas.
I can't imagine this kind of weather bodes well for big game given that rainfall is rather important for growing the types of grasses and vegetation that elk normally feed on. Elk, especially the older ones, devote a significant amount of nutrition to growing large large antlers, and it seems that without as much vegetation available growth will probably be comprimised. Will this mean that we wont see the quality of elk that normally roam the high country this year? A saving grace might be better rainfall in July and August, especially in the high country as it normally occurs at this time of year. Does anyone have experience with drought like this before and it's effects on big game?