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Second Surge of Deer Along Kentucky Roads Anticipated This Month

Kai Lehmann
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Mid-December is regarded as the second wave of increased deer activity. 

Mark Marraccini with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife says it’s referred to as the “second rut” for deer that weren’t bred in November.

He says the Commonwealth is recognized nationally for its deer population. 

“It’s ranked number one in the country, both in quality and numbers and many outdoor magazines, national magazines have said Kentucky is the number one place to go deer hunting,” said Marraccini. 

Marraccini says as deer move around more, many die as a result of vehicle collisions. And he says sometimes, they can be salvaged for meat. “Usually temperatures this time of year are cooler, so that might give you a little better chance to recover the deer before meat would spoil,” added Marraccini. 

Marraccini says the peak time period for deer movement across Kentucky is mid-November.

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.
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