Well, looks like Hoyt isn't doing his job I believe this 100%, there are spots on the road in Richland County where deer get hit every week, year round. Not joking.
Vehicle-deer collisions are a part of life for Ohio motorists. In 2009, the number of this type of crash report climbed 2.3 percent statewide, but remains well below previous years.
In Richland County, authorities were alerted to 721 car-deer crashes in 2009, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety -- the most in the state.
Now is the time for drivers to reacquaint themselves with deer-specific driving strategies. October is the month when car-deer collisions start to mount, according to the Highway Data Loss Institute, but they traditionally peak in November, the height of the breeding season. About half of all car-deer crashes last year in Ohio happened in those two months, Ohio Department of Public Safety data shows.
State Farm, the nation's largest auto insurer, calls Ohio a high-risk state for car-deer incidents. The insurer predicts that in the next year, 1 in 121 Ohio drivers will have a run-in with a member of the state's 750,000-strong deer herd. Those odds are higher here than in the past three years, though the methodology was slightly different, according to State Farm spokeswoman Kim Lust.
Ohio ranks 15th in State Farm's list of states prone to car-deer crashes. Border states West Virginia and Michigan are No. 1 and 3, respectively.
The vast majority of incidents involving deer leave those in the vehicle unhurt. Still, 51 people died in the Buckeye State between 2004 and 2008 from injuries suffered in a deer-related crash, the institute reports.
TOP FIVE COUNTIES FOR CAR-DEER CRASHES IN 2009
Richland -- 721
Stark -- 655
Hamilton -- 614
Summit -- 575
Lorain -- 547
Ashland -- 336
Crawford -- 277
Ohio -- 25,146