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It's November -- Watch Out for Deer on the Roads

Texas drivers need to be extra careful to avoid deer this month, says the TPWD

November is the heart of deer season. In Texas it’s also the month drivers are most likely to hit one on the road.

"November is the number one month because of the cooling temperatures and it’s also mating season," says Gina Wilken, a public affairs specialist for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

TPWD says Texas ranks fifth in the nation for the most deer-related accidents.  The department is projecting almost 61,000 drivers will have a deer-related accident in the next year.

And Northeast Texas is prime country for a deer-related accident.

"Anywhere that there are open fields is more likely is where the deer are going to be, and even slightly wooded areas," she says.

But, Wilken says, more accidents are happening in the suburbs these days as development reaches deeper into the woods. They can also happen in a city.

"Really, a deer collision can happen anywhere at any time," she says.

The average cost to Texas drivers who do hit a deer is $4,341.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.