ST. LOUIS,MO (KTVI)-- It’s that time of year when the bucks and does start to mate. November and December are months when drivers are more likely to have a deer encounter. Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Juston Wheetley says it can happen in both rural and suburban areas.
"Put down the cell phone pay attention to what we’re doing put down the distractions. Deer are big animals they can do a lot of damage they can come over the hood and come into the vehicles," said Wheetley.
Missouri conservation expert Dan Zarlenga says they typically travel in packs.
"If you're driving by and you see one deer on the side of the road one run across the road there’s a really good chance that that there are others nearby," said Zarlenga.
According to State Farm, Missouri is ranked 15th in the country for deer-car collisions, Illinois comes in at 26. They also say the number of deer related accidents are up 7 percent compared to last year. The average cost to fix your car is about $3,000.
"The most likely time you will see deer is during dawn or dusk right after the sun rises or right before it sets," said Zarlenga.
Officials say if you hit and kill a deer you can keep it but only if you report it to your local conservation department and fill out your paperwork.
"We just encourage motorist to watch what they are doing, be cautious while driving at night visibility is lower and you can’t see a lot ahead of you. Slow down pay attention watch out for the deers on the side of the roads," Wheetley said.