The hunting season kicked off yesterday, and with the annual crop harvest not far behind, deer are soon to become more prominent and Indiana State Police officials predict the number of car/deer crashes to increase. As a result, motorists are reminded to use extra caution when driving in rural areas of the state.
According to a press release from the ISP, deer are generally more active in the early morning hours before dawn or the hours just after dusk, though they also become more active during late October into early November. This coincides with deer mating season, but because of the crop harvest taking place as well, deer could be on the move anytime as the sounds of hunters and farm equipment startle them.
Motorists should take the following precautions when driving in rural areas to avoid having a crash involving a deer: when possible, use high beam headlights at night and be aware that deer could be standing on or near the side of the roadway; watch approaching vehicles and observe what may break their headlights beams, as it could be a passing deer; watch for reflections from the deer’s eyes; where there is one deer there are often several, so don’t assume you missed the deer because more could follow.
If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch it. A frightened or wounded deer can cause serious bodily injury. Remain in your car, make sure you and your passengers are safe, and call the police to obtain a crash report for your insurance company. You should report this as you would any other crash.
And, as always, remember to buckle up to minimize personal injury.
For more information concerning deer habits, population, and trends in your area contact your local conservation officer or the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife at (317) 232-4200, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/INdnr.