POSTED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, November 11, 2013 - 8:51am
Tyler TX (KETK) — It's that time of year again.
The bucks are looking for their does.
But, if you're caught in the middle of this, it can lead to a major car accident.
Hunters like to refer to it as the rut.
Deer mating season.
And if you are driving on the highway late at night or in the morning beware.
This time of year nothing, not even 10 thousand pounds of metal will stop a buck from breeding with his doe.
"That's their one concern right now is breeding the doe, eating water and keep looking for another doe," said Game Warden Dustin Dockery.
And they will do anything to mate.
Deer will jump in front of your car, run across the road, causing you to possibly get into a major wreck.
"When the weather drops we probably see three to five people a week," said Keith Hodges, owner of Keith Hodges Collision Center.
Hodges shop is on Hwy 31.
He is working on a couple deer accident repairs.
"Every year when the weather drops the deer is roaming and kapow."
And this type of damage can cost...
"It can be $2 to 4 to 5 to 6,000."
Most of us probably know someone or have been in the car when a deer slams into it.
Dockery said the volume of hit deer increase this time of year.
"It's usually around the second cold snap of the year when you start to see a lot of buck activity and what these bucks are doing their chasing does that are in heat their looking for does that are ready to be breed."
Dockery said the damage deer do to properties and cars is in the billions.
"That's why you see a greater number of bucks hit or injured on the highway because they will cross highways they will travel a pretty good distance looking for does to breed."
Dockery said when your driving be aware of your surroundings and if you see one deer there will probably be more.