Captain Obvious takes a turn writing headlines for KELO: "KELOLand Drivers Likely to Strike Deer." My neighbors with venison on their grilles all groan in unison, "No kidding!"
But the numbers from State Farm Insurance are interesting:
South Dakota drivers have the third highest rate of close encounters of the antlered kind in the nation. Your odds of hitting a deer on a South Dakota highway are 1 in 81. For comparison, your odds of being dealt a three of a kind in poker are 1 in 46; the odds for a straight are 1 in 254. In South Dakota, you have a better chance of hitting a deer with your car than you do of winning $4 in Powerball.
Your chances of hitting a deer will only get higher for the next few weeks. The peak month for deer collisions is November, when deer migrate and mate (yes, sex makes all God's creatures stupid). The second most dangerous month is October, then December.
I'd like to think I'm safe here in town, but we see deer roaming the parks and streets of Spearfish all the time. Stay tuned for the "Bike-Deer Collision in Spearfish" headline!