Whoever said time flies when you’re having fun must have been a youngster. Time does not pass its second wind until the age of 50, then hits a sort of theoretical cosmic warp speed around the age when Medicare supplement offerings start to arrive. Once upon a time, the intervals between Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas were also forever. Now last the year was yesterday, tomorrow is next year. Deer season is two weeks away. Blink and it will be the opening day of the duck season.
There is no surer sign of impending deer season than when the various news readers and Press releases warn motorists of the mighty herds of deer sent by the invading army of orange-clad hunters across highways and roads. Yes, the chances of encountering a deer on your daily commute increase exponentially at this time of year, but that has little to do with hunting or hunters. It has everything to do with a wood full of crazy-eyed boobies love hit desperate males to get their annual dance card.
When white-tailed males or any male of the deer family drop their antlers in the spring, they return to their bachelor groups spending the idyllic summer days eating and resting in The shadow. Meanwhile, boys don’t even think about girls except to stay away from their way. Hinds, on the other hand, get quite cranky to see after the needs of two or even three one-year-old calves for several months. Imagine how things would be in your home if your wife gave birth to twins or triplets every spring.
But in September, when the soft, velvety blanket stands out against the sparkling ensemble of new drink, then the last year of high school begins again. Now it’s the males’ turn to be in a bad mood. A hierarchical order is established according to the size of the woods and the belligerence in equal parts. Towards the end of October, as the days grow shorter, the Whitetail Lonely Hearts Club Band begins to warm up for the big November ball. This is when the males try to drive all the other males out of their territory, they kick the young from the house, the males hunt, flee the males, and eventually some of them end up become another tragic traffic statistic.
From the last week of October through the end of November, expect to see deer crossing the highway at any time of the day or night. According to Kentucky State Police, half of all deer / vehicles collisions occur between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. and 11 p.m., 6 p.m. being the first hour of accidents. Anytime you see a deer standing near the edge of the freeway, immediately slow down and be prepared to stop. More often than not, the deer will decide to go ahead and cross the road, and a deer that has just crossed the road will frequently turn around and cross again. If you see deer crossing a field towards the highway, be prepared. A goat in love on the trail of a doe or one or more does running away from a goat in love will cross the the highway without hesitation (deer rarely stop to look both ways). Be especially careful in places where you can’t see deer approaching like long stretches with wooded areas along Highway. Deer can come out of trees without warning.
Just to let you know, those little “deer whistles” that attach to the front of a vehicle and supposedly emit a high-frequency sound that only creatures can hear don’t work, at least not for the purpose of ‘alert deer of an oncoming vehicle. Researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Georgia has found that deer whistles are highly unlikely to be effective in reducing accidents involving deer-vehicles, mainly because the high frequencies produced appear to be out of hearing range. deer. The noise of an oncoming car, truck or even freight train is however well in the picture. hearing range of a deer and even that does little to prevent them from going out in front of a fearless Prius. Even the Kentucky Farm Bureau informs motorists that deer whistles have not been shown to be effective in preventing collisions.
With respect to level crossings “designated” for deer, those yellow signs along highways displaying the silhouette of a leaping buck and sometimes the words “DEER X-ING” indicate areas where a high incidence of deer encounters. -vehicle has been registered, warning motorists to be especially vigilant along this particular stretch of road. Signs do not state that this is a safe place for deer to cross the road as if it were some kind of a four-legged crosswalk. Yes, there have been complaints made to the transport authorities for telling the deer (via the signs, I guess) that these are safe places to cross the road when several of them ultimately fail to reach the other side.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reported this week that 308 samples taken from Kentucky deer have been submitted to the Breathitt Veterinary Clinic lab at Hopkinsville recently and no samples were positive for CWD. Of the samples, 187 were from deer collected during the recent muzzle-loading weekend in the five-county surveillance area. composed of Calloway (43 deer), Marshall (31 deer), Graves (97 deer), Hickman (13 deer) and Fulton Counties (3 deer). This is good news for Commonwealth deer hunters so far. Most of the testing will be done during the modern firearms season which takes place in November. 13 – 28.
Kentucky Modern Firearms Season, so called because it allows for the use of modern firearms as opposed to traditional or primitive means, opens on the second Saturday in November each year. If November 1 falls on a Saturday, the season will open on November 8. But this year, the first falls on a Monday, pushing the opening day from almost a full week to November 13, the calendar shift effect. For hunters, this means that the opening day will be more advanced in the reproductive cycle when the males are locked in a thick blanket with an amorous doe instead of wandering around in search of love. Not that it will deter many deer hunters. Like changing the positions of the pins on a golf course from day to day, it makes the game more interesting. Be careful, be careful and beware of traveling deer.