Environment - WKMS
12:01 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

FLW Fishing Report - Deer Season

Murray, KY – There's more talk about deer than about bass this week. Hear why in this week's FLW Fishing Report with Dave Washburn.

Dave Washburn here, with the weekly FLW Fishing Report.

Make that hunting report this week, because really there's not much going on at the lake now, what with those incredible winds and then all the rain. There was a Walmart Bass Fishing League wild card tournament on Lake Barkley last weekend, and a lot of 6-pound-class bass were caught on - what else - Alabama rigs and swimbaits. Otherwise, fishing has been put on hold.

Deer-hunting season in the purchase area started Saturday morning, but the gale-force wind really hampered hunters. Whitetail deer rely mainly on their sense of sight, hearing and smell to survive, and the first two senses really weren't in play last weekend. The wind was blowing trees and leaves around so that deer couldn't focus on motion, such as they might if a hunter was moving through the woods. And they couldn't hear danger because of all the rustling. So, when it's like that, mainly they just lay up somewhere in a thicket and wait for darkness or the wind to stop blowing. The result for hunters is that it was a fairly lousy opening weekend.

It will get better, though. You're allowed a buck and an antlerless deer during our hunting season, but here in the purchase you can buy extra tags to take more does if you want. And if you get more than you need, remember that Kentucky hunters for the hungry is always looking for good-hearted hunters who will donate their extra deer to feed the folks who are down on their luck right now. It's easy to donate a deer. You just take a field-dressed doe to an area taxidermist or meat processor who is involved in the program. That's it; there's no fee. In our area, Cotes Slaughterhouse and Dowdy's Taxidermy in Mayfield accept hunters for the hungry donated deer, as does Lynn Rudd Processing in Calvert City. Just call before you go to make sure somebody is there to take your donation.

Speaking of lots of deer, have you noticed how many dead deer there are on the highways, parkways and I-24 these days? Blame it on the rut, or deer breeding season. It's going on now. When the urge to mate hits whitetails, they move around a lot and lose much of their natural caution. Because they tend to travel at night anyway, many of them wind up getting struck and killed by vehicles. From the driver's perspective, it's no picnic either. Imagine how many millions of dollars in vehicle damage is incurred each year. And a lot of those collisions involve injuries to drivers and passengers.

Late autumn is a very dangerous time to be out on the road. According to the Kentucky State Police, 47 percent of all auto-deer collisions occur in the months of October, November and December, with November being the top month. And 53 percent of all collisions happen either between 5 p.m. And 8 p.m., or between 5 a.m. And 8 a.m. Which means, I guess, that we and the deer would all be better off if we worked until after 8 o'clock at night in November, or didn't go to work until after 8 o'clock in the morning. I think I'll run that by the boss.

Actually, Kentucky isn't among the leading states for deer-auto collisions, it's somewhere in the middle of the pack. You've got a one in one hundred and sixty-two chance of hitting a deer while you're driving in Kentucky. In West Virginia, the top state for auto-deer collisions, the chance is one in 53. Where's the safest state, in terms of not being likely to hit a deer with your car or truck? That would be Hawaii duh.

This is Dave Washburn for FLW, urging you to drive safely and watch out for the deer. So long til next week.