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Old 04-27-2021, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default Dead deer on the road?

Have seen at least 4 deer hit on the road this week going back and forth to work.

That is more than I saw during the rut

Any idea why so many would be getting hit?
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Old 04-27-2021, 12:46 PM   #2
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Any land-clearing going on in the area? If so, might have displaced the deer--
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Old 04-27-2021, 12:47 PM   #3
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Deer in the road would be my guess... lol. Lots of green in the ditch more than likely
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Old 04-27-2021, 12:49 PM   #4
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Trying to get to the other side?

I'm having a good day. Hope you are too.
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Old 04-27-2021, 12:51 PM   #5
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Old 04-27-2021, 01:29 PM   #6
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Ditches are full of green grass and full moon. Grass is 4' high along a lot of roads around here. Deer/pigs can pop out of that grass and you never have a chance to hit the breaks.
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Old 04-27-2021, 01:52 PM   #7
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Old 04-27-2021, 01:54 PM   #8
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It's Trumps fault.
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Old 04-27-2021, 01:56 PM   #9
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Ditches are full of green grass and full moon. Grass is 4' high along a lot of roads around here. Deer/pigs can pop out of that grass and you never have a chance to hit the breaks.
This!
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Old 04-27-2021, 01:59 PM   #10
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Early east Texas rut sightings... Freeze has them all jacked up..
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Old 04-27-2021, 02:41 PM   #11
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Early east Texas rut sightings... Freeze has them all jacked up..
After utilizing your jerky recipe several times. I will never question your judgment again
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Old 04-27-2021, 02:48 PM   #12
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Yesterday was full moon.
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Old 04-27-2021, 03:47 PM   #13
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We noticed same thing Sunday

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Old 04-27-2021, 04:00 PM   #14
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I'm sure all the new housing construction and neighborhood developments in Texas have something to do with it. We have a pretty dense deer population too...see tons dead on the road around here unfortunately.
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Old 04-27-2021, 04:06 PM   #15
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Old 04-27-2021, 04:08 PM   #16
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Deer are moving at night don't know why.
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Old 04-27-2021, 05:08 PM   #17
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It’s COVID. They are trying to social distance.
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:30 PM   #18
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Y'all are funny.

Just seems unusual to see that many this time of year to me.
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:43 PM   #19
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What do you wreckon killed them?
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:44 PM   #20
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They’re following the Mexicans?
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:47 PM   #21
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they got into one of them east texas meth labs and injested some minerals ?
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Old 04-27-2021, 09:56 PM   #22
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Y'all are funny.

Just seems unusual to see that many this time of year to me.
This is TBH, so count on us to always post up some goofy ideas, but some (my opinion) good ideas are posted too. Like tall grass along roadside, full moon last night, nearby construction, etc. Something is moving those deer into the roads in your neck of the woods, so drive safely going to/from work.
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Old 04-28-2021, 05:46 AM   #23
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Might be a combination of the above, plus the need to locate available water sources. I know at my lease shallow ponds, and deep holes in seasonal creeks are drying up due to the lack of rain.
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Old 04-28-2021, 05:52 AM   #24
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I bet those deer crossing signs are making them cross, poor deer...
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Old 04-28-2021, 06:02 AM   #25
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It's dry, they are hungry. I don't think deer eat grass. Weeds yes.
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Old 04-28-2021, 06:05 AM   #26
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Forbs and full moon
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Old 04-28-2021, 06:11 AM   #27
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They have to hustle. No stimulus checks for deer.
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Old 04-28-2021, 08:24 AM   #28
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Ditches are full of green grass and full moon. Grass is 4' high along a lot of roads around here. Deer/pigs can pop out of that grass and you never have a chance to hit the breaks.
I also think this is the reason.
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Old 04-28-2021, 08:30 AM   #29
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I see what you did there lol


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Old 04-28-2021, 08:37 AM   #30
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They really hit the roadsides when Clover is goin strong...just a maybe
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Old 04-28-2021, 04:17 PM   #31
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I'm going with the food explanation. They're active all over right now. Well, food and California drivers.........

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Old 04-29-2021, 08:38 AM   #32
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I have noticed more dead deer, than I normally see this time of year. Spring time, is the time of year for dead skunks, not so much dead deer. Seen about three dead skunks, that I can think of. Definitely a lot more dead deer than I ever remember seeing this time of year. Then a dead nutria. Did not know we had nutria around Seguin, turns out we do.

On the dead deer subject, on my few trips to New Braunfels and San Antonio, I have see dead deer in both areas, where you don't normally see dead deer, unless it's during the rut. Basically in very populated areas and along sections of highway in town, you don't see deer and would not think there are any in the area, but I have seen multiple dead, in those areas. Then I have seen numerous on the way home outside of Seguin. I have been thinking it was odd there were so many dead deer. The part I have not thought about, is the lack of dead skunks, there should be a dead skunk about every 100 yards on the roads out here about now. I can only think of seeing three dead skunks in the past month.
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Old 04-29-2021, 08:58 AM   #33
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Deer are moving at night don't know why.
Full moon!
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:02 AM   #34
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I've lived in the Texas Hill Country all my life. This is my theory. The reason deer are on the roadside is due to the grass and weeds are greener due to the rainfall and dew on the pavement providing more moisture runoff which keeps the plants more palatable.

There are two kind of deer on the side of the road. The ones that are out there in the roadways every night and don't pay any attention to vehicles at 70 mph and the ones I call pasture deer that come to the roadway during drier periods. The bar ditch regulars I don't worry about. The pasture deer are not used to vehicles and are totally unpredictable. Those are the ones I look out for. Their body language is different and have their heads up and have that deer in the headlights look and flight posture. I haven't hit a deer in 30 years once I recognized the difference. Now during the rut all bets are off.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:08 AM   #35
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Now I'll add that Axis on the roadways are like sheep. One will walk out in front of oblivious to a vehicle. If they are in a herd and one crosses, you might as well stop and let the whole herd cross. They have no fear of a vehicle and are oblivious to danger. Just like a sheep, dumbest animal I know. I raise sheep, cattle and goats so I know.
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Old 04-29-2021, 10:31 AM   #36
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Someone surely will say the rut started early this year
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Old 04-29-2021, 11:19 AM   #37
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I don't know about the weather down there in the last few months, but typically see an increase in roadkills when the area is below average on rainfall. While the road ditches do collect more rainfall, they're not the only low spots in the country. However, they are typically the primary low spots that are free from livestock. Just compare the forb (weed) abundance in the ditch to what you see on the other side of the fence. Very common occurrence in dry years in the Hill Country's sheep, goat, and cattle combination country. Deer are in search of their primary food, forbs (weeds). They eat very little grass, and the grass they can consume is young, tender cool season grasses, not the tall grass you see in road ditches.
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Old 04-29-2021, 03:18 PM   #38
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Younger deer can't read the "Deer Crossing" signs and cross where they shouldn't.
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