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Wrecks involving deer jump 12 percent

Posted September 24, 2008

— Vehicle crashes in North Carolina involving deer jumped 12 percent last year to 19,277, officials said Wednesday.

Deer were cited in 8.6 percent of all wrecks statewide, up from 7.8 percent in 2006, according to the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Wake County topped the list with 1,129 deer-related crashes, followed by Guilford, Rockingham, Duplin and Pitt counties.

Eleven of the crashes resulted in fatalities last year, up from three the year before, officials said.

Almost half of deer-related crashes occurred between October and December, when the animals are particularly restless and agitated because it's both mating season and hunting season, officials said.

They urged extra caution in the early morning and early evening, noting almost 80 percent of deer-related crashes last year occurred between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.


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  • 68_polara Sep 24, 2008

    "Deer were cited in 8.6 percent of all wrecks statewide"

    How do they get them to sign the tickets?

  • lgilbert1 Sep 24, 2008

    Quick, get a helicopter and shoot away!

  • iron fist Sep 24, 2008

    OldRebel I agree one day off isn't too much to ask. Also hunters need to be more careful and know what they are shooting at. Even then sometimes they may miss their target and bullets have no eyes and could hit anyone or anything. If you are going to be in the woods durning hunting season do it on Sunday and hope you don't have illegal hunters firing shots.

  • oldrebel Sep 24, 2008

    Sunday is the only time some people can feel safe enough to walk in the woods or ride their horses during hunting season. I see no problem with having no hunting on Sunday. It's not about religious reasons (for most people nowadays), it's just about having a day during the Fall when people don't feel like they have to wear hunters orange and hope for the best when they're in the woods. I recall a lady (later became an elected official of Wake County I believe) was shot while riding her horse during hunting season. Can't recall what day of the week it was, but if you're in danger while riding a horse, which obviously meant the hunter was unsure of what he was aiming at when he pulled the trigger, if a person can get shot off the back of their horse, one day of the week when that danger is ruled out by having no hunting on that day isn't too much to ask.

  • catwoman1 Sep 24, 2008

    Good point timbo. People are predators though and it seems folks think they're too good to eat venison nowadays. I think it's mainly because they don't know how to prepare it. I'm just a good ole gal that does! My bro just got an 8 point buck and a doe Sat, but the meat won't last long. He always kills his limit, but wishes he had more tags.

  • iron fist Sep 24, 2008

    Larger population per square mile, they have less room to roam. I agree get a grant and we will all participate in the study. Humam population has increased a lot also. Don't know the % but with all the immigration it would be close. Just be careful and be alert, slow down if you see a deer, if there is one chances are good there are more.

  • michnodevilfan Sep 24, 2008

    hunting on sunday is a good answer. you can fish on sunday whats the difference? sorry PETA

  • Timbo Sep 24, 2008

    "It not due to an increase of the deer population its the increase in people, the deer are being pushed out of their natural habitat."

    Wrong, wrong, and wrong. According to the Journal of Recent Studies, the whitetail deer population is larger than it was when Columbus landed. They keep eating a reproducing without natural predators to eat them.

    Of course, increased human population would also increase the probability of accidents, but did the human population increase 12 percent?

    This must require further study. Someone get a federal grant.

  • rafiki Sep 24, 2008

    Sarah Palin hunts all year long.....

  • iron fist Sep 24, 2008

    I have never needed more then one day to hunt and bag a deer. I do like just spending time in the wild. I can do that on Sunday without a gun.