Avoid deer vehicle collisions during hunting and mating seasons, copyright by the author, Frania Shelley-Grielen
Deer hunting season began officially in parts of northern New York State on September 27th. Deer mating or rutting season also begins in the fall, spanning October through January with themost activity in mid November. Rutting season for the deer means a lot of movement making this time of year a dangerous time to get around with hunting and vehicle traffic posing the biggest threats. Depending on the encounter: arrow, bullet or car can be fatal for deer and humans. An October 2011 article in the Wildlife Society Bulletin noted that 90% of highway collisions end in deer fatalities with 65% of the collisions resulting in human injury. Know how to avoid accidents with deer:
Deer hunting season begins on January 9th in Suffolk County and ends on December 4th for parts of northern New York Sate and January 31st for Suffolk County. There is no hunting allowed in Nassau County or in New York City. For more information on specific dates and locations visit the New York State DEC website.
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