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  It’s peak deer season across Kentucky.  That includes mating and hunting, as well as a spike in car accidents involving deer. 

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is warning motorists about deer-related crashes during the fall and winter.

THP Colonel Tracy Trott is urging drivers to be aware and cautious in areas where deer are found.

Trott says the chances of striking deer are considerably higher during hunting and mating season, especially in November. There were almost 6,000 deer-related crashes in 2012.

Ky. Hunters Set Record in Modern Gun Season

Nov 30, 2012
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Kentucky hunters killed more deer than ever before this season. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials say hunters bagged close to 93,000 deer during the modern gun season, which ended Monday. That surpasses the previous record of 87,000 set in 2004.

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says deer hunters in the state have killed more than 5,000 deer than they did last year. Just in last week’s firearm season opening weekend hunters killed more than 72,000 deer.

Paducah Hunter's Death Ruled an Accident

Nov 13, 2012

Kentucky wildlife officials say the death of a Paducah man while deer hunting was accidental. The Paducah Sun reports 38-year-old Samuel Ryan Henderson was struck in the head by a bullet as his hunting party crossed a fence on a Ballard County farm. The incident occurred about 8 a.m. Sunday. Sgt. Garry Clark of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says another hunter took a bolt action rifle from his shoulder to hand it to another man when the weapon discharged.

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Kentucky State Police say drivers in the fall are likely to see deer on or near roadways, a serious issue that caused nearly 3,000 wrecks in the state last year. State police spokesman Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard says three of the wrecks were fatal. 

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Drivers should be on the alert for deer in Kentucky. October marks the beginning of a three-month peak season to see deer on roadways. The Department of Fish and Wildlife says that’s because this time of year is mating season. Deer are more likely to cross roads with bucks chasing does. The Kentucky Farm Bureau says almost half of all collisions involving deer happen in October, November and December. Hardin County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Greg Lowe says deer are most active early in the morning or late at night.

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is asking for the public's help in locating deer suffering from a disease that's prevalent in warm weather.