Deer collisions all over the US, as well as in New Jersey, significantly spike during the fall due to the rut.
In New Jersey alone, there are over 26,000 annual reported collisions with deer. Additionally, State Farm Insurance estimates that there are at least that many additional deer collisions that go unreported each year, for a possible total of over 50,000 for the state. For reference, hunters in New Jersey killed a total of 50,109 deer during the entire 2011-2012 deer season.
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According to NJ.com, it is estimated that over half of the deer collisions occur during autumn. This should come as no surprise to seasoned deer hunters, because fall coincides with the rut, when deer seem to throw all caution to the wind. Not only do deer (especially big bucks) seem to be behaving with less caution, but they also seem to move more during the day, when lots of people are on the road. Add it all up, and you've got a situation perfect for skyrocketing deer collision rates.
Be careful out on the roads this fall and do your best to ensure that the only venison that you put on the ground is with your gun or bow.
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