Aw, poor you. But wait, if you quit, I have a better chance at drawing a tag. So, please join the "I'm out" group.
I moved here over 30 years ago and have hunted just about everything I could possibly hunt that swims, crawls, creeps, walks, etc. The last two years have been fantantic deer seasons in the area I hunt. It has equaled what I observed in 1992 and I didn't think that opportunity would return when I killed my first mulie with a bow. I passed up more bucks the last two years, especially this year, than I ever had, including the years I grew up hunting in Michigan where I could legally kill 4 deer/year. Juding how old you are by your previous hunting dates, I would guess you and I are very similar ages. You already realize how much Utah has grown and many things have changed for those reasons. (i.e. loss of habitat, farming practices, etc.) so why belly-ache about it? Its not gonna come back. Instead, you should try to adapt and hunt other species, in different areas, etc. that I agrue, are thriving. One thing for sure, change is inevitable and it will happen regarless of what you want to think. I say: change with the changes, or become a disgruntled ex-hunter/fisherman. Its up to you. Anyway, my old dove fields are a subdivision, I actually killed two elk where there is a 7,000 sq foot house (yes, the exact spot where I gutted them is the new house's living room! I have the GPS locations!), where I killed my first phesant is a 50 yards from another group of houses, my favorit duck hunting slough has a brand new house built withing 20 yards of "my" old blind. I could go on, but you get the idea. I have searched out new places and enjoy them while I can. There are only so many days in our lives, so you got to live-it-up or sit and whine about it while not enjoying the outdoors. Once again, the choice is yours. (Do I sound mean/harsh with my response? Yes. However, I think back to my high school days where I had a "mean" teacher named Mr. Snider. We'd say, "Mr. Snider, give us a break today and not give us so much homework". Mr. Snider would respond, "The only break I'm gonna give you is at the base of your neck, so bend forward". That statement taught me a lot about life......suck it up, change with the changes, or sit on the sidelines and whine where you'll be miserable). I'm out.