I’ve been seeing a lot of dead deer on the side of the road lately and wondered why there are more car/deer accidents at this time of the year?
White-tailed deer are in breeding season or rut right now and don’t pay attention to traffic. Bucks are chasing the does, and does are running from the bucks. Rut lasts from October to January. Your highest chance of hitting a deer is from sunset to midnight and shortly before and after sunrise. To avoid hitting a deer drive with caution through deer crossing areas. Deer rarely run alone. If you see one deer, more may be nearby. If a deer is in your path, brake firmly and stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another car or lose control of their car. Devices such as deer whistles and reflectors have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle collisions. So remember, "Don’t veer for deer!"