The Rut

Yes it is that time of year again. As the rut begins and Mother Nature takes on a cooler attitude, November can be a high time for comprehensive claims due to deer hits.

Early morning and early evening are feeding times and mating times for our antler friends. As daylight savings time falls back an hour we will see shorter days and more deer activity.

These are some basic guidelines to follow to help keep you safe and your cars in once piece:
• Blow your horn, if you spot a deer standing on roadside slow down and blow horn. They can pinpoint sounds with their pivoting ears and can hear where “danger” is. Be cautious since you don’t know what direction they will take.
• A doe will usually be followed by a couple bucks in line. So don’t assume that’s the only deer. Drive slowly and be prepared to stop.
• Be careful not to swerve into the oncoming lane. Sometimes collision is unavoidable but the reaction of swerving and shifting lanes can make the situation worse and more hazardous hitting a barrier or another car head on. This could take a comprehensive loss to a collision loss level by colliding with another car or object. This might be fatal.
• Deer in general see very well in low light your headlights can cause the “freeze effect” or night blindness so proceed with caution when deer are on side or in the road. It is suggested that you use your high beams in dark or low light situations such as rural roads to spot deer however; the high beams left on can leave them frozen in place.
• Be aware of Deer Crossing signs these are placed on heavy deer traffic areas.

Deer hits can happen year round; however, bucks during the rut are less cautious than usual. Let’s all be cautious and enjoy this great fall weather!!

Per Wisconsin DNR website: The Average Breeding Date for Wisconsin is November 15th to the 17th. If does are not successfully bred in first cycle, they will generally come into heat again about 28 days later. A common misconception among hunters is cold weather causes the rut.