Law enforcement gives tips for encountering a deer on the highway

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Deborah Ackley was riding with her son-in-law and granddaughter heading east on Highway 82 Wednesday night when they saw a buck dart across the road and had no time to get out of the way.

"It could have been majorly bad," said Ackley.

Ackley's son in law was driving, and thought about swerving to miss the deer, but it was too late to do anything.

The car crushed the deer and was totaled in the crash.

"I'm still real emotional about it, because it could have been a death. The deers, they don't look out for us we need to look out for them," said Ackley.

Ackley says no one was seriously injured in the crash, except the deer of course.

Grayson County Game Warden Daron Blackerby says the beginning of November is prime deer mating season.

"Its that time of year, deer get a lot more active. Usually in the late evenings and early morning hours. They're running a lot more, they're chasing the female deer," said Blackerby.

Blackerby says while it may be a driver's first instinct to dodge the deer, the best thing to do is slow down.

"But you could make it worse, you could swerve into oncoming traffic or you could swerve into a ditch and hit something. You could make it a lot worse than actually hitting the deer," said Blackerby.

Ackley knows now driving during deer season has higher stakes, especially with precious cargo like hers.

"I just want everybody to be careful while they're out there on the roads, especially at night or at dawn, when the deers are rutting and running," Ackley said.

Blackerby says if you do hit a deer, do not touch it and let law enforcement or animal control move it out of the way.