JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -Car versus deer crashes cost drivers nationwide more than a Billion dollars a year. And more than a Hundred and Fifty people die yearly in those crashes.
Right now is prime deer hunting season in Region 8. Many of you or someone you know is heading to the deer woods to bring home that trophy buck.
A dead deer lying alongside a road is a common sight this time of year.
Simply because the deer are moving a lot more than normal because the rut's kicking in.
Shaun Merrell is the Director of the Crowley's Ridge Nature Center he is also an avid deer hunter.
"The bucks are looking for dates, they're looking for the does and here in our area, in North East Arkansas last year's data shows that the peak of the rut is from November 12 to November 21st.
"Some drivers already know to take it slow during the fall. But the sudden appearance of a deer dashing in front of a car can be frightening.
And bad as it sounds you really might be better off to hit the deer rather than swerve to avoid it.
Merrell, "Statistics show that injury is far less when you collide with a deer than if you try to avoid it. and jerk the car wheel over."
Merrell, " And if you see one deer as you're driving along the highway, generally there's probably another one right behind it so be very careful."