Iowa DNR says look out for deer this winter while driving

Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 10:47 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - While you are out on the road, you want to keep your eyes peeled for deer.

Jim Coffey of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says this time of year is when deer mate, causing them to migrate more. However, there are other factors that have them on the run. “As our days start to shorten and as we get cooler nights that increases their activity that increases their hormones that causes that rut to start and that usually occurs in a peak around November 1 to November 14.”

Coffey says the deer will be moving more throughout the day and into the evenings. While driving on our way to work in the morning, he says it’s important to take note of empty fields. “So, as a driver, you should be constantly scanning the roadways, and by that, I mean not just the roadway itself but fence to fence or even field to field to look for those active movements of deer.”

Coffey says more people get into accidents trying to avoid the deer itself. “So, they may swerve and go into oncoming traffic or down into the ditch and hit another obstacle.”

The DNR says it is best to just hit the deer head-on if you have no choice. However, you should also maintain your speed and keep a distance from other cars while driving during this time of year.

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