(WTVM) – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has a new tool that helps keep you safe on the roads during deer season.
UGA researchers have completed a county-by county interactive analysis map of when drivers should be more aware of deer running out onto the road.
Deer-vehicle collisions peak during the "rut," when white-tailed deer are on the move looking for a mate.
Wildlife Biologist Brent Howze says, "If you do see a deer in the road it's best not to swerve, usually people lose control more easily when you swerve," Howze said. "It's best just to hit the brakes and hope for the best."
According to the UGA study, between 2005 and 2012, there were 45,811 deer-vehicle collisions across the state of Georgia.
Professor Bob Warren, one of the researches on the study, offers suggestions for drivers. "Deer are mostly active from dusk to dawn, and if motorists see one deer, look for the second or third deer behind it. Those are the ones that gets hit."
Firearm deer hunting season runs from October 17, 2015-January 10, 2016.
DNR Wildlife Biologists say the peak time for deer to be on the move in our area will not be until early-November through early-December.