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Car-Deer Accidents and the Rut

I think one indication of when the rut is starting is an increase of car-deer accidents.  I have noticed that I am not seeing many road kills this year compared to last year at this time.  What are you seeing?

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We don't usually see that

We don't usually see that many here, since the deer population is not nearly what it is in your area.  However, when one does occur, it usually is in that time frame.

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The roads tend to get

The roads tend to get littered with them around the fall.  It cause a lot of damage to vehicles with the occassional fatality (person not deer).  I think this falls under the heading of urban legend, but the story about the lady that called the transportation department to ask them to remove the deer crossing sign because the deer that were using it were getting hit and could they have them cross somewhere else comes to mind this time of year.

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that is funny but I am sure

that is funny but I am sure that there are more than just one person in this country that does believe that the deer crossing signs are meant to allow deer to safely cross the highway. They are the same people that probably would want a little, old man holding a stop sign and wearing a traffic vest to stop traffic evertime a deer wants to cross the road. I have read papers on this and it is definitely not a myth. It just makes sense. The same increase in deer activity that gives hunter success a big boost also causes more deer to be hit by cars. And you are right. The cost of these vehicle vs. deer collisions is astounding. The monetary cost is just amazing but whenever a human life is lost, you can not really put a number on it. It is a serious problem. Go out there and do your part by harvesting some deer this year boys.

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LOL....that is exactly what I

LOL....that is exactly what I tell my wife, who tolerates my hunting, but isn't pro-hunting, when she complains about the deer on the road.  I tell her that I, as a devoted husband, spend long countless hours on the stand trying to make the roads safer for her. 

The problem is that in areas with a high human population, there often is a high population of deer because of limited hunting access.  The people compain about the number of deer, but they won't give hunters access to kill the deer. 

Just recently, a park in Kansas City opened to a limited number of bow hunter and then a profession outfit to cull the deer.  There were just too  many and they were not healthy.  Trust, me the decision to open the park to hunters was not without controversy.  The Bambi activist came out in force, but the hunters prevailed.  It took a concertive organized effort by bow hunters in the area to make it happen.

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The bucks have started

The bucks have started cruising for does around here in ernest. We saw more than a dozen deer dead on the side of the road Sat on the way to a wedding. Yes, wedding. Who plans  a wedding during hunting season, much less the beginning of the rut? He's our bud though. So we had to wish the new couple well.

There are a couple of ways the game department is thinning the growing deer herds in and around the cities in NC. One way is the introduction of an urban deer season that runs after the regular deer season.  Landowners within some cities/towns give permission for hunters to go in and bowhunt the deer.

In one city I know of, certain officers of the police department are culling the deer herd with shotguns. They only hunt Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the hunting season, but no holidays are included. They only hunt during the morning time so as not to be hunting during after school hours when children would be out playing. This is the first year this has been implemented so we'll have to see how it works for them.

The other means of hunting urban deer in NC is by hiring sharpshooters to cull the herd. They use silenced weapons and cull the herd at night mostly. The problem is the cost involved in hiring them, awfully expensive and most municipalities can't afford the costs.

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Just read an article in the

Just read an article in the local paper that accidents are up so far this year.  Later I saw a news story, well just caught part, about a hunt in a city park.  Showed a big buck running by some park goers.  I need to find more info on the park hunt.  I am sure it is in Kansas City, but I didn't realize they were doing a hunt this year.  Pretty controversial.

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I have about a 10-15 minute

I have about a 10-15 minute drive to work and I saw three hits this morning, one being a nice 6 or 8 pt. So, I think you initial comments are pretty accurate. I never really thought about it like that before but makes perfect sense.

And yes, I am going to use your line.  Thumbs up

"I, as your devoted husband, will gladly spend long countless hours on the stand trying to make the roads safer for you. "

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"I, as your devoted husband,

"I, as your devoted husband, will gladly spend long countless hours on the stand trying to make the roads safer for you. "

You are a good man Tyler.  Just remember to duck when you use that line!

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