Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...

Marian's Hunting Stories, etc., etc., etc...
Stories of my hunting experiences with family, friends or whatever else I want to blog about.

A Dixie Lady Deer Hunter

Article by Fred Messina, editor of "On Target Outdoors" from The Vicksburg Evening Post on Friday, January 19, 1990. Photo by Bob Phillips.

Bob Phillips came up the other day with a photo of his wife Marian and a deer she got on Brown's Point New Years Eve. The deer was an 8-point with 16 inches of inside spread that weighed in at 190 pounds. A nice trophy in anyone's book. However, the tale Bob told is that this was Marian's fourth deer this year and he claimed that he would have done better than he did if he had not spent so much time hauling Marian's deer out of the woods. Come off it, Bob. We all know who the hunter was.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

MS Ranks 6th Nationally In Deer/Vehicle Collisions

The potential of striking a deer while driving on Mississippi roads remains a higher danger than in most states but has declined in recent years.
Mississippi ranked sixth nationally in deer-vehicle collisions in 2014, but fell out of the top 10 in 2017, according to data from State Farm Insurance. There are about 3,000 such wrecks each year in Mississippi.
The odds of hitting a deer with a vehicle double during the months of October through December when deer are actively on the move and mating. The deer population in Mississippi has exploded over the last decade with the Mississippi State University Extension Service estimating there are approximately 1.75 million whitetail deer in the Magnolia State, the highest population density in the nation.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace reminds motorists that collisions with deer and wildlife increase in more rural areas, as well as during dusk and dawn.
“Unfortunately, that is something we have to deal with because of the wildlife population in Warren County,” Pace said. “Drivers have to be cautious and know deer and other wildlife will cross the road at any time, but are especially numerous at dusk and early in evening.”
According to Pace, from March 1 through Dec. 1 of this year, the sheriff’s department has responded to 55 incidences in the county of deer-vehicle collisions where someone has either struck a deer or wrecked their vehicle avoiding a deer.
“We also have to remember that we as humans are building homes and businesses in their habitat,” Pace added. “They’ve always been here, but as we expand into their habitat we are encroaching on them.”
Collisions with deer remain a high risk, especially in rural areas such as Mississippi, and can cause a great deal of damage and injury. But avoiding a deer collision can also be harmful.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, a driver swerved off a road near Edwards to avoid a deer and, according to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, five occupants of the vehicle were injured in the single-vehicle wreck. None of the injuries was life-threatening, but all five were transported to the hospital.
Such accidents also cause an increase in insurance rates. According to State Farm, the national claim cost average from July 2016 through June 2017 was $4,179 — up from $3,995 the previous year.
The Insurance Industry Institute estimates about 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, which result in approximately 150 deaths, thousands of injuries and about a billion dollars in damage.
Drivers are advised to remain alert for deer, especially during dusk and dawn. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, about 20 percent of crashes with deer occur in the early morning, while half happen between 5 p.m. and midnight.
And if you see a deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the roadway.
By Rob Sigler - The Vicksburg Post

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