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Drivers, beware: November is peak season for deer mating -- and for deer crossing roads.

AAA Mid-Atlantic and the Maryland State Highway Administration are warning drivers to slow down and look for deer, which are now in "rut" -- mating season.

"They're in the full throes of passion in November," AAA Mid-Atlantic's John Townsend said. "You have to be especially careful. The hours that they're most passionate are the same hours that we commute, the morning hour and evening rush hour."

One in 109 Virginia drivers are likely to hit a deer this year, and one in 119 drivers in Maryland, according to statistics released last month from State Farm Insurance.

Virginia ranks 12th on the list of states where drivers are most likely to hit a deer, and Maryland ranks 13th, according to State Farm. The District ranks 46th in hitting deer. :confused:

Those numbers put the Washington area on track for 80,000 deer-vehicle crashes per year, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Nationally, deer-related car crashes cost $4.6 billion a year in vehicle damage and medical expenses, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

To bring crash numbers down, local governments, including Fairfax County, are allowing bow hunting of deer on county property.
 

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I have to raise an eyebrow to this.... MISSOURI has GOT to be the leader in hit deer each year.... those statistics they give out are only those who actually report hitting one! lol



btw-- 4 years ago my wife hit a 10 point buck with drops on both sides.... almost totaled out our durango (wish it had). But before I could get to the scene--- she had given the buck to another passer by. :/
 

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before I could get to the scene--- she had given the buck to another passer by. :/
I'm sorry to hear about your Divorce tator. :lol::lol: just kidding
She actually gave it away??? ya'll must have been newlyweds!
 

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I'm sorry to hear about your Divorce tator. :lol::lol: just kidding
She actually gave it away??? ya'll must have been newlyweds!


Yes she just gave it away! And no, not newlyweds either... it was a sore subject for about a week, but I was glad her and my infant son were ok. It was during daylight hours too.

Here's the kicker--- the only pics she took of the buck were when it was in the dude's truck... that made my blood boil. :shocking:
 

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Article in our newspaper yesterday reported that this year, from 1 Jan - 31 )ct, 110 deer were hit by cars (reported) in the city limits. Last year, 79 hit during the same timeframe. Looks like the bag limit of 3 does/day is not keeping up. Wonder what's gonna happen now that they've stopped hog hunting, just as the hogs are entering our county...:rolleyes:
 
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