CHICKASHA, Okla. — It seems the number of car vs. deer encounters is going up.
Hitting a deer can not only cause significant damage to your vehicle but could injure you as well.
In fact, over the weekend a Grady County man died after hitting a deer with his motorcycle.
It’s an issue that seems to increase this time of year.
Amy Andrews said, “Got my first buck. Got my first horn.”
An antler, along with a totaled van, is the so-called souvenir the Andrews came home with this past weekend.
On a family trip up I-35 to Kansas quickly changed when a buck decided to cross their path.
Amy’s husband Dustin was driving.
Amy said, “He tried to move over. He didn’t swerve but he moved over and it hit right in front of the passenger’s side.”
They hit hard, shaking them and waking their 4 month old.
Their daughter Ava slept through the whole thing.
The Andrews family is one of many to recently have this type of encounter.
Department of Wildlife’s Lance Meek said, “It’s their breeding season basically so they’re running around; bucks are chasing does, does are chasing bucks.”
Wildlife experts said the animals are so active right now you could see them anywhere whether you’re on a highway, a rural road or in the middle of the city.
Meek said, “I saw one at 50th and Rockwell the other day, a really big buck. They’re just everywhere.”
If a deer that runs in front of you, experts said the best thing you can do is just hit it.
If you swerve to try to avoid it, you could cause more damage to your vehicle and potentially to yourself.
Meek said, “Go ahead and hit the deer, don’t swerve from the deer.”
You can replace a car, a life is more important.
Meek said, “Usually if you see one it’s got a couple behind it. So, if you see one be cautious to see what comes after it.”
Wildlife officials said if you do hit a deer. call the county sheriff or the game warden.
It’s important for them to remove the deer from the roadway and to help the animal if it’s still alive.