Deer/Car Collisions in Minnesota

Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

October is one of the worst months of the year in Minnesota for Deer and Cars to meet on the road.  There are several reasons for this...

Hunter in the woods.  There are all kinds of hunter in the woods at this time.  unsuspecting Deer run for safety and many times cross busy roads.

Food sources.  Especially in farm country, as the crops are taken from the fields Deer that were using them and the wooded acreage near them will travel more at low light and dark.  Those travels will place them in harms way.

Mating season.  Yup, this is the time for the boys to be sowing their seeds and they have a very short time in which to do it.  So as the Does come into season also, they will chase away the fawns and leave them for a few days.  The now free fawns run wild at times not really mature enough to know that a car is danger!

Wintering grounds.  As the weather grows colder, Deer will stat to head toward their winter grounds.  It may be a mile away or 10 miles.  This additional travel again places them in harms way.

There are many many reasons to find a Deer on the road.  SLOW DOWN, WATCH CLOSLY and BE SAFE!!!


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Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro

William, It is so scary when a deer runs out in the middle of the road.  Our daughter years ago had one run out on her way to high school and it was dark.  She was in our F150 and amazingly the deer went up down she ran over it and there was not any damage.  She was hysterical mind you but there was not any damage to the truck.

Oct 11, 2010 04:09 PM #1
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Bill I heard that it you tap the horn ... the dear can determine your velocity and direction with some sort of triangulation with their super sensitive hearing. So when I see anything that might be a deer, I make some noise!

Oct 11, 2010 04:11 PM #2
Travis Johnson
Keller Williams Integrity NW - Princeton, MN
Agent - Princeton, MN, 55371

Hey Bill.  Great advice.  I've had many a close encounter with deer both on the road and in the deerstand.  By far my favorite time of year!  I will be hanging stands this weekend and starting to bowhunt on the 25th!  Prefer to see deer from the stand and not through the windshield!

Oct 11, 2010 04:31 PM #3
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

Bill, I am with Travis.  I wold much rather seen them when I am not in my car.

Oct 12, 2010 02:33 AM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Richard.   This does work.  Short beeps and a slow flash of the headlights.  Long on the horn and fast flashing of the lights only confuse the Deer and other animals!

Oct 12, 2010 02:48 AM #5
Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
Accountant & Tax Preparer

Bill I almost got one last night on my way home, scared the bejeezers out of me.

Oct 12, 2010 06:52 AM #6
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

I totaled a car a few years ago on a deer. Fortunately it was an old car and an old deer.

Oct 13, 2010 01:20 AM #7
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