Sorry Captchee but hunter numbers are way down in my state.
There was a time in the late 80's when opening day of the Utah deer hunt drew over 250,000 deer hunters. Since then our state has gone to a quota system but still has a very hard time selling less than 100,000 permits. Usually we have left overs in some areas.
I would bet that Utah now has the most expensive resident tags in the west or at least ranks right up among the top 3 and we just received another hike for next year.
I dont know the whole picture in your state but I can say that a few drawings that were once over-subscribed are now undersubscribed (Southeast Non-Resident Deer)