They’re causing thousands of dollars in damage to cars and property each year, but the difficulty is in wrapping one’s head around the fact that it’s the image of a seemingly innocuous “bambi” like creature that’s doing all this.

However, while the state is opening up more and more space and lengthening the time one can hunt deer, their numbers are causing them to become a year round nuisance.
And this is the time of year when their presence will be ubiquitous.

The rutting season.

Hence, one has to wonder why no open up deer hunting season year round instead of putting limits on it.

Fall bow deer hunting has started in some areas of New Jersey and will open statewide by the end of the month. It is the first of a series of seasons intended to keep in check a population that reproduces earlier and in greater numbers in suburban areas.

Next month the annual rut starts, and with it increased risk of car-deer accidents.
During the fall rut — the mating season which starts in October in New Jersey and reaches a peak from mid-November through mid-December — the risk of a collision rises.

Carole Stanko, state Division of Fish and Wildlife said…“Their hormones are driving them crazy” “and they’re not paying attention to where they are. It’s a very dangerous situation” and is most prevalent at dusk and dawn.

Deer frequently travel in packs; sometimes accidents happen when a driver is watching the path of the first deer and doesn’t notice others.

If a driver can’t safely stop in time to avoid hitting a deer, you are advised to maintain your speed rather than hitting the brakes, which “causes the front end to drop, and you cause more damage.”

Swerving can lead to a more-serious accident.

And exceeding the speed limit, is “pushing the envelope” in deer-prone areas.
In the 1930s, it is estimated that factors such as unregulated hunting and deforestation had reduced the deer population in the United States to about 300,000.

The absence of non-human predators, combined with suburban sprawl and regulated hunting, tipped the scales the other way, particularly because white-tailed deer are able to adapt to a variety of habitats.

And they have.

Just ask anyone who’s planted an herb garden or traveled down any suburban road here in the Garden State and you’ll hear tales of devastation and damage to cars everywhere.

Don’t you think “bambi” should be treated as the nuisance that it is?