"The northern half of Utah received some good rainfall during the spring of 2003, and that helped the number of fawns born that spring after years of decline," said Jim Karpowitz, big game coordinator for the DWR.
"Few deer were lost this last winter, so most of the male deer born in spring 2003 will be available as spike and two-point bucks this year."
However, deer herds in other parts of the state continue to struggle, especially in the southern and southeastern regions.
Hunters treading through Davis County have been accustomed to dry conditions over the past several years, but tactics may need some refining this season.
"This wet summer has provided a lot of vegetation and water sources for the deer, and that's spread them out. Archery hunters who are used to hunting water sources will need to get out and find the deer this season," Karpowitz said.
"The wet conditions have also improved hunting conditions, however, and it will be easier for hunters to move around without spooking deer."
Here's a brief rundown of what hunters can expect to find in the different regions of Utah.
Northern: As stated before, hunters in this region can expect improved conditions.
In the extreme northern region, heavy snowfall fell on the Brigham City area, but most of the fawns made it through the winter. Hunters should see more spike and two-point bucks in that area as well.
Central: Officials are calling conditions in this area "good," especially in the eastern portion.
"Very few deer were lost this past winter in the eastern portion of this region, and many late season storms have kept water flowing in springs and other watering sources," said Scott Root, central region conservation outreach manager.
Root says to look for deer in higher elevations among aspen, pine, oak and sagebrush.
Northeastern: The DWR says the deer in this area should be healthy, even "fat."
"The rains have kept the vegetation green and productive, good for the deer and elk and good for the hunters, said Ron Stewart, northeastern region conservation outreach manager.
Winter survival was good in this area last year, so hunters should see plenty of deer.
Southeastern: Officials are calling this area a "mixed bag," with the Manti area having the greatest percentage of success.
Hunters can expect to see a lot of yearling bucks, and the DWR encourages hunters in this area to do some scouting.
"Find water sources in sheltered locations and away from roads," said Bill Bates, southeastern region wildlife manager.
"Locate beds, foraging areas and escape routes. Realize that the behavior patterns of deer may change dramatically with increased hunter traffic."
Southern: Although hunting conditions are improved, there are fewer deer for hunters to pursue.
"Deer in many areas in the southern region are still suffering from extreme drought conditions and deer numbers will be down, which has been the trend in the region over the past two years," said Lynn Chamberlain, southern region conservation outreach manager.
"For the best success, I'd encourage archery hunters to stay in the upper elevations and hunt around water resources."