Murray County Extension Educator Ag/4-H Youth Development
Cattlemen, mark your calendar, November 21, 6pm, Murray County Cattlemen Member Banquet. Good time of fellowship, steak dinner, excellent entertainment by ‘The Ol Troubadours’ band, very brief market update, and recognition of cattleman of the year and youth showmanship awards. Please call 580-622-3016, OSU Extension office for RSVP or additional information.
Cooler temperatures, shorter days, and dropping acorns has definitely got deer on the move. Each year we see increased automobile deer accidents during October through December, as whitetail populations continue to do well in southern Oklahoma.
Estimated over 1.33 million deer-auto collisions in the U.S. each year. The average deer collision insurance claim runs around $4,000. The top ten states of likelihood of a deer/auto collision are West Virginia, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Arkansas, Mississippi. The most likely states boast a 1 in 40 chance of deer collision while Oklahoma’s rating is about 1 in 162.
A few suggestions for safer driving during this time of year include: 1) Pay attention to ‘Deer Crossing’ signs-they usually are placed in areas of higher deer densities. Watch for the ‘second’ deer, if you observe a deer crossing the road in front of you, there is often an additional deer following that may run out into your vehicle. 2) Remain focused on the road, especially in stretches where brush or timber is somewhat close to the road. 3) Use high beams when possible, late dusk and early dawn are the most likely times of deer movement.
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