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Car vs. Deer crashes on the rise

Wisconsin's gun deer hunt is still about a week away, but we are in the midst of mating season. That means deer are on the move and drivers need to be on high alert.
BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - Wisconsin's gun deer hunt is still about a week away, but we are in the midst of mating season. That means deer are on the move and drivers need to be on high alert.

"You've got to be on the lookout for them, they are out," commented Trooper Les Boldt of the Wisconsin State Patrol.

It's a time driver's dread.

"Driving down the road in the morning," explained Jamie Veri. "Deer came out of nowhere and I hit it."

Now Veri is getting an estimate on the damage.

"I do quite a bit of driving so I'm on the road a lot," he said. "So it actually ups the odds of it happening and this time of year is worse than most."

That's why Holschuch Collision Center in Suamico is swamped.

"Over the weekend, it was like the floodgates opened," Jim Holschuh remarked. "We had a rash of people coming through the door with cars like this that struck deer."

From front end damage all the way up to the top of a vehicle, when it comes to car deer crashes, Holschuh said he's seen it all.

"The hood, the headlights, the radiator," he described.

And the costs can add up quickly.

"This car we're looking at is probably a $5,000 repair," said Holschuh, pointing to a vehicle. "We've done them as high as a $12,000 for a repair just for a deer."

To try and steer clear of an accident, local law enforcement have some words of wisdom.

"You've got to be aware," said Trooper Boldt. "Keep your lights on. High beams if possible, that way you can scan back and forth, both sides of the road because that's where they'll be coming from."

As for Jamie...

"Luckily I wasn't even going that fast so the damage is not massive," he added.

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