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Lancaster County sheriff warns motorists to watch for deer as hunting, harvest seasons loom
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Lancaster County sheriff warns motorists to watch for deer as hunting, harvest seasons loom

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Deer mating season runs from October through December and during this time of year, they’re especially active.

Already this year, 176 motorists have collided with deer in Lancaster County, Sheriff Terry Wagner said Wednesday. That's a 13% uptick from last year's year-to-date total, when 157 deer suffered the same fate. 

As harvest season continues and firearm deer hunting season looms, Wagner warned motorists of the annual influx of deer on Nebraska's roadways. 

"Motorists are reminded, that with sunrise and sunset being pretty close to the commute times — that's when deer are most active," Wagner said. 

The sheriff said corn and soybean harvests seem to spur deer into higher mobility. And hunting season — bow hunting in Nebraska started Sept. 1, while firearm season starts Nov. 13 — also seems to heighten the anxieties of deer. 

Plus, Wagner said, it's mating season.  

"You know how they get crazy during rut," he said. "They're all in love." 

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