Fall can be a welcome season for many in Dodge City but it can also be a dangerous one for those on the road. This is because deer tend to be more active during the fall.
As the peak of rut season approaches in November, deer tend to travel farther and longer. They appear especially at night and in the early morning hours. According to the Ford County Sheriff’s Office, the vast majority of calls regarding hit deer come in at night.
“The deer are more active and the more active they are the more opportunity there is for them to be on the on the road,” Ford County Sheriff Dean Bush said.
Another reason more deer are hit during the fall is because of the fall harvest. Deer tend to congregate in corn and milo fields and as these crops are cut the deer are pushed into new areas. Hunting seasons also have an impact, with hunters causing the deer to spread.
During colder months deer tend to move in groups, so it is important for drivers to remember that if they encounter one deer on the road there are likely to be others.
It’s inevitable that drivers will encounter deer on the road this fall.
“I think it’s fair to say that we will work a significant number of vehicle-deer wrecks over the next two or three months,” Bush said.
That said, there are measures drivers can take to avoid car accidents involving deer.
In order to avoid deer on the road, the Sheriff’s Office says to remain alert while driving. It is advised to travel with high beams on when possible. It is also advisable not to try and dodge the deer, as this could place the vehicle in oncoming traffic or cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
Drivers who do strike a deer are advised to remain in their vehicle after the accident. Injured deer may attack drivers and drivers who step outside to check on the deer or the damage to their vehicle may be struck by another vehicle. There have been no fatalities related to accidents involving deer in Ford County in recent years, though there are a number of such fatalities across the state each year.