Deer Crashes Becoming More Common In NC

The number of drivers crashing with deer has reached an all-time high in North Carolina.

A new study from UNC found that crashes reported to police increased to 19,693 in 2008, a jump of about 400 crashes from 2007. The deer-car crashes increased despite a drop in the overall number of car crashes. Wake County has the most, with more than 1,000. But Pitt County had one of the highest numbers of reported crashes between cars and deer in the state, with 535 reported. Lenoir County reported 265 car-deer crashes, Onslow had 253, and Craven County reported 164.

The study did not explain what could be behind the increase of such crashes. Researchers warn that October, November, and December are the most dangerous for car-deer crashes, since more deer are on the on the move.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 at 07:51 PM
    to not your redneck, So I'm guessing it's the deer that are running the hunters into the woods. How much sense does that make???
  • by BrainOn Location: Jax on Oct 16, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    To not your redneck - the majority of car/deer collisions occur at night. Hunters are not hunting at night - the law is all deer hunting ceases 30 minutes after sunset. The other comments about it being their mating season and the fact that they are a nocturnal feeding animal are much more truthful. I would recommend you refrain from calling us idiots if you are going to make ignorant comments.
  • by not your redneck Location: g-veg on Oct 12, 2009 at 07:59 AM
    Its the hunters who are running the deer into the highways you idiots.....
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Oct 12, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    Mr. T - My son hunts & I love to load my freezer each year. I like to have one day a week that I can safely be in my yard & woods. It is also nice to have one morning a week that I can sleep in a little without being awakened by gun fire! I realize some people work 6 days a week but please let us country bumpkins have peace for 1 day a week.
  • by Mr. T on Oct 10, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    Even more cause to allow Sunday hunting. How about a late season muzzleloader only season?
  • by Jane Location: Turn them out! on Oct 6, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    When I am still hunting I am looking at horns...when my dogs are on the ground whatever is in front of them better go down. I have yet to see a dog that runs only a buck. People bad mouth dog hunters all the time because of a few bad ones. My dogs are fed on a daily basis, very seldom does one get left out and if it does, we are out early the next morning looking for it. My freezer is full of venison every year plus my neighbors and needy families that we know about that need food. 95% of the guys I hunt with use all their tags, plus the extra doe tags. If you think the number of accidents involving deer has increased, let these pencil pushing bureaucrats who want to do away with dog hunting get their way and there will be a lot more auto deer collisions. I just hope its their Lexus or Navigator that gets destroyed and not that poor innocent deer.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Oct 6, 2009 at 12:19 AM
    First, there are these whistles you can get for your front bumper which supposedly scare deer away. They don't always work, but they do scare the deer. Only problem is, they don't understand "road" and "road=cars". They might still run at you. Enough don't though, and if you think they look funny, they look a lot better than your car all smashed up. Also, I used to be not such a big fan of hunting, until a deer charged my car a few years back. I didn't hit it, it was on the side of the road, I made a turn, and it rammed the side of my car. Now I am all for people killing them. And I have had venison before, it's very tasty, I just wish I knew where I could buy some, help support the hunters. I would love to grill some venison burgers, steaks, fajitas, etc.
  • by Joe Location: Washington on Oct 5, 2009 at 11:58 PM
    Fact Check: (1) If dog hunting contributes to car/deer crashes how do you explain increased crashes in areas where dog hunting is not allowed? You don't, because dog hunting has nothing to do with it. (2) There are fewer deer around here in rural areas than there were in the mid 90s, but there are a lot more people. (3) Bonus doe tags are now $10 for 2, but the average hunter only shoots 0-1 does a year & does not fill his tags - so bonus tags benefit very few people. (4) Still hunters kill magnitudes more does per hunter than dog hunters. (5) While farmers can kill deer without a permit, farmers cannot have others kill deer unless they do have a permit. No deer herd can be sustained if many farmers are killing 100 does in a 10 mile radius (do the math). (6) Hunting license comes with 6 tags, all of which can be does. 4 bucks are allowed. There is no limit to the number of bonus tags available for purchase, so true limit is around 200 deer per season. Check hunting digest for info.
  • by Female Hunter on Oct 5, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    Okay, cut woods down where to go? The other side of the street!!!! Too bad a car happens to be coming by at the same time. Also, they should be more specific about these facts because if the truth be known they are probably occuring at night or early in the morning before dogs ever hit the ground. It's mating season for deer during those months so they are out on the prowl, not being run by dogs. You know kind of like men do on the weekend nights, when they are looking for that special someone. It's not the dogs fault, I tend to believe it's a loss of habitat that sends them to high traffic areas. And by the way, with higher gas, higher bullets and higher club dues no wonder hunters have decreased! But if any of you would like to pay dues for me, put gas in the truck and buy the bullets, I'll be glad to kill some deer for you. I'll feed my family, your family and your neighbors family too. Not just a horn thing a fun thing!
  • by Washington Co. Hunter Location: Creswell on Oct 5, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    To Joe: You have the right daily bag limit, but the state also limits how many a hunter can kill in a year to six. Two must be does or young bucks without antlers, two bucks, and two of their choice. After they get the six they have a limited number of bonus doe tags that can be bought and then they can only kill does under that or that privilege is gone for the season.
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