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Hey NJ, is it regular to really feel this manner after deer encounters?

You will have already learn that we’re coming into deer rutting season in New Jersey. If not, it is best to know that from mid-October to December deer are, to place it bluntly, extremely sexy and unpredictable relating to crossing the highway.

You are extra doubtless this time of yr to see them darting in entrance of vehicles with out a care on this planet, so we’re being requested to be vigilant and hold a lookout whereas on the roads.

After seeing a number of deer on the roads this previous week on my commute dwelling, I began questioning if (what I am self-diagnosing as) Deer PTSD is a factor for anybody else.



Name me a snowflake, perhaps I deserve it, however I am over a yr out from a deer hitting my automobile and I nonetheless get anxious about it. I am questioning if anybody else has the identical nervous feeling that I am experiencing after a deer-hitting expertise.

First, the backstory:

Final August I used to be driving dwelling from work on a Friday night time on Route 195 East once I noticed a deer forward of me working from the proper aspect of the highway to the left.

Deer Crossing Street


I slowed down (there was nobody behind me, so it wasn’t a problem), and stored a watch on the proper aspect of the highway to see if there have been any pals following him.

That is what you are speculated to do, in any case. We’re instructed that different deer might come from the identical path.

So that is what I did, I stored a stern eye on the proper aspect of 195.

That is once I heard a loud bang from the left aspect of my automobile.

After I let loose a loud scream, I glanced at my rearview mirror to see what occurred and noticed the already useless deer spinning within the air towards the median.

I pulled over to name authorities and see what harm was completed to my automobile… it wasn’t fairly.

kylie moore photograph

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I ought to acknowledge right here how lucky I’m that no one however the deer and my door deal with had been damage, I fully perceive this incident might have been MUCH worse.

That stated, now each time I cross that spot on 195 (and I imply each time, no less than six days per week) I tense up. My eyes dart forwards and backwards to see if there are any deer, even throughout the noon hours after they’re unlikely to be out as if it should occur once more.

shut up on eye of a fallow deer ( girl )


Is that this regular?

Is anybody else within the Backyard State not in a position to shake that anxious feeling while you cross the spot the place you had a deer encounter, be it successful or an in depth name?

Am I doomed to endlessly hate exit 22 of 195?

Please let me know if I am alone in feeling this manner.

Both approach, you’ll want to keep conscious throughout this rutting season, it may be harmful. As if we did not have sufficient to fret about on New Jersey roads.

oh deer.

The submit above displays the ideas and observations of New Jersey 101.5’s Kylie Moore. Any opinions expressed are Kylie’s personal. You may observe Kylie on Instagram.

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