Deer on the Move in November

Published 11/07 2013 06:57PM

Updated 11/07 2013 08:39PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Now a full week into November, drivers should use extra caution watching for deer on the roads.

According to State Farm Insurance, deer-vehicle collisions go up in November, and Missouri is 15th in the nation among states leading in deer-related accidents.

Tyler Green of the Missouri Department of Conservation says this is the deer's rut -- or the peak breeding season -- which plays a factor in deer movement.

They're also scampering out of their habitats with archery season going on now, and rifle season beginning November 16th.

"Just be prepared to be seeing a lot of deer on the road way," Green said. "Drive slower. Where you see one deer, there's probably going to be many more."

The MDC also wants you to alert them before taking a deer carcass off the road.

"If you find a roadkill dear and you want to keep it, you need to call a conservation agent within 24 hours and ask for permission to take it. You don't have to use a deer tag for it, but we will issue what's called a wildlife disposition. That means you can keep the salvageable parts of the deer."

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