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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-30-2009, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Odds of hitting deer in Utah: 1 in 400

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Updated:09/30/2009 06:37:12 AM MDT

Insurance giant State Farm says vehicle collisions with deer are up across the country, and it provided some statistics for Utah.

Pennsylvania ranked No. 1 with more than 105,000 collisions for the year ending June 30. It was followed closely by Michigan. West Virginia, however, is the likeliest state for hitting deer. The odds for motorists are 1 in 39. West Virginia has about one deer for every two residents.

Deer collisions are less of a problem in the wide-open landscapes of the Intermountain West. Utah had about 5,700 for the reporting year. State Farm says the odds of hitting a deer in Utah are 1 in 400. The numbers show that across the country, vehicles hit deer about 100,000 times a month.

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Good post, Ruaidh, good post! I think that deer/bike collisions are a serious, growing problem, and we riders need to start exerting pressure on state officials to do something about it......

What they could do about it, is, of course, a mystery.....

If someone (someone with a brain like Rudy's!) could come up with a true deer avoidance system, he would die a happy millionaire!

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We just need to hunt more of them. Solves 2 problems at once, reducing the deer/vehicle collisions and puts meat in the freezer. Sounds like a win-win to me .

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What everyone who is interested in this needs to do is write their reps, and support their state G&F.

For those who don't know......the deer collission stats perfectly match hunting opportunity stats.

For example, PA has incredibly complex and stupid hunting laws, land access issues, and few natural predators.

The states with well managed hunting programs and protect hunter land access have the healthiest deer populations, and the fewest collisions.
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Bish wrote

For example, PA has incredibly complex and stupid hunting laws, land access issues, and few natural predators.
Can't speak to the specifics regarding PA hunting laws as I'm not a hunter. What I can tell you that is that as of last year the county I live in had the 2nd highest deer population in the state (PA). Can't hunt in the county I'm in as it is way too populated (less than 150 yd. means no rifle (that law I know)). The northern rural counties where you would think the deer population resides are all hunted out. That bears out in the statistics and also in the large number of disgruntled hunters we have around these parts. The deer are on top of the population here.

About 15 years ago I was working in an small urban community, couple of doe just moseying down the main street at 7am. They were about a block away I heard their hooves clomping on the pavement. They look up and see you and just put their heads back down and keep walking. They probably lose 20 or 25 youth a year to gun violence in that little town. Not one dead deer though.

An effective deer device would probably be worth it's weight in gold around here. I read anything I can on this board about deer collisions and sometimes get a pretty good shudder when I read some of the collision or near miss stories. There was a thread several weeks back I did pick up a what I think was a really good tip, when the collision becomes inevitable to square up on it. Can't remember who wrote to give them credit but it sounds like good advice to me.

Guess I owe more than 2 cents for that ramble.


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Gotta get me one of those Deer Alerts.
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Deer supposedly see more in the ultraviolet range of light. That's why hunters were told not to use laundry detergent with phosphate in it - they 'glow' in the deers vision. If someone came up with some type of flasher that the deer could see but not bother on-coming traffic it might work. As far as those "deer whistles" go, seen lots of cars in the junkyard that have them and it looked like they work. It called them right in front of them!

Idsgeek has a good answer too (though my wife may disagree). I think you can never have too much venison, but I really prefer elk!

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