How mule deer fair the winter has a lot to do with antler growth and over all health of the herd. So far this winter has been mild to non-existant. Assuming the weather trend continues, 2018 should have some great bucks running around. I recently attended a meeting with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife about the recent finding of chronic wasting disease in Unit 65. There were mandatory checks for CWD in 2017. They only found a few cases of it at low elevations along the Uncompahgre River Corridor. CWD should not be a concern where we hunt.