North Iowa Outdoors: Deer Hit the Area Roads

Harvest is making herds move to safer locations

An Iowa DNR deer research specialist says several factors are causing deer to be more active this time of year and motorists should be on the lookout. The first bowhunting season is underway and Jace Elliott says that is one thing that will increase movements.

He says changes in habitat or food availability, like the acorns falling, are going to move deer into areas with mature oaks. The start of the harvest will also push deer.


Dropping temperatures with chilly mornings can also have an impact.

He says you should be on the lookout for deer during the dawn and dusk times of the day to avoid any collisions.


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