DNR warns drivers of deer activity during harvest and hunting season

INDIANA (WTHI) - The Department of Natural Resources warns drivers to use extra caution when driving in rural areas of Indiana during harvest time and hunting season.

Because farmers are now in the fields harvesting, deer could be on the move anytime during the day.

Motorists should take the following precautions when driving in rural areas to avoid having a crash involving a deer.

•When possible use high beam headlights at night and be aware that deer could be standing on or near the side of the roadway.

•Drivers should watch approaching vehicles and observe what may break their headlights beams; it could be a passing deer. This technique allows extra time to slow your speed and be alert for the deer.

•Watch for reflections from the deer’s eyes.

•Where there is one deer there are often several. Do not assume you missed the deer because more could follow.

•If your vehicle strikes a deer do not touch it. A frightened or wounded deer can cause you serious bodily injury. Remain in your car, make sure you and your passengers are safe, and call the police to obtain a crash report for your insurance company. You should report this as you would any other crash.

•Finally, as always, buckle up.

For more information concerning deer habits, population, and trends in your area contact your local conservation officer or the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife at 317-232-4200.