Watch out for lovesick deer!


driftwood deer by Kevin Garber

Ack! We all winced and screeched last evening on Rt. 33 when a deer ran across the road right in front of us. Kevin spied it, and slowing down, threw up his bright headlights. It was a big male, with a rack, and although the driver coming toward us did slow down, he didn’t do it fast enough. With a sickening thud, they made contact, and we watched the deer get tossed up and over the hood of the small pickup, and get thrown into the woods. Kevin got out and went looking for it as Alice and I fussed and worried in the car. Returning, Kevin reported that the deer was gone – it must have rolled and been able to run off into the woods. He said the driver of the truck was ok, although his hood had large dents in it.

We all know that this is mating season – it typically ends at the end of this month. Using scent, the deer are chasing each other around, with dusk and dawn being the most active times for their “rut”.  Those of us in wooded rural areas see the deer on the roads more each day as autumn falls, and we all just need to watch out and try to avoid driving at those times. If hitting a deer seems imminent, the State suggests that you hit it straight on, without trying to veer off the road or into another car’s path. If you brake too much, the car can slide under the deer, tossing it up and over. Easier said than done, though. It’s hard enough to keep your focus on the road while scanning the roadsides for deer. Deer have been known to land inside windshields, etc.  Ugh. And don’t forget – where there’s one deer, there usually are more…..

Slow and careful, friends.

~ by kbosin on November 11, 2011.

2 Responses to “Watch out for lovesick deer!”

  1. I work in the road construction field at night, currently on the PA Turnpike. I’ve seen many dead deer along the road in the last few weeks due to the rut and the pressure of the archery hunters moving them. When a big truck hits them at 70 MPH they literally explode. It pays to think about them this time of year, that’s for sure!

    • I’ll bet they do! I remember reading a few years ago that PA stopped funding the picking up of dead deer off the roads, and just left them there. That true?

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