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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bambi Vs. Bumper

Mississippi Among National Leaders In Deer Collisions

Deer are a part of life in Mississippi, as common as sweet tea and friendly neighbors.

And, like both of them, a recent study shows that it might just be a matter of time before the state's residents encounter them.

Mississippi ranks eight in the country for most collisions between drivers and deer, according to claims data released by State Farm Insurance.  There were 22,373 insurance claims submitted in the past year, down slightly from 2013-14 but still amounting to a 1 in 88 chance that a driver in the state will hit a deer.

Vicksburg State Farm agent Robyn Lea said it's not just rural areas that are the scene of collisions.

"Even in cities you'll see them.  We all know there are a lot of deer in the Military Park.  They don't just stay within those boundaries," Lea said. 

Deer can be unpredictable, darting out of the woods and across roads to cut in front of cars.  When collisions occur, damage to vehicles can be massive.  The national cost per claim average is $4,135, up to 6 percent from 2014.

"I've seen claims where the deer have gone through the windshield.  It doesn't take a big deer to do serious damage," lea said.

To avoid collisions, Lea said, the best methods are to slow down in know deer areas, use high beams when possible and be on high alert at night when deer are most active. 

If a collision does occur, there are several important steps to follow.  First, Lea said, is to call police immediately and record the incident with photos.  While doing that, she recommended staying away from the deer.  An injured and scared deer can be extremely dangerous.

"You should always call police any time you have an accident.  If the animal was injured, there might also be a need to called the Wildlife and Fisheries Department," Lea said.  "You should move your vehicle to a safe place, take photos and stay away from the animal.  Deer are strong.  They can hurt you with their hooves."

After those initial steps, Lea said, it's important to contact your insurance agent as soon as possible to begin a claim.  Just as important is checking your car for damage.  Even a collision with a smaller animal such as a raccoon or armadillo can damage the radiator.

"Double-check your car before you drive away, because you might have leaking fluids," Lea said.

1 comment:

Ken Ledbetter said...

Texas must be close behind in car/deer collisions. My oldest son is deadly on deer with his Honda Civic. He's gotten two in the last three years. He's gotten more with his car that I've gotten with my 30.06 in the last three years.

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