LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW)--It's the time of year when driving defensively becomes second nature because deer are on the move.
Police say there were 31 accidents between vehicles and deer last week alone in Lincoln County. That number could rise with the start of gun-deer season.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office recommends checking to make sure you headlights are in good condition before hitting the road. Also, minimize distractions while driving. A surprising tip: If a deer crosses your path, don't swerve. Instead, hit the deer head on. It's better to suffer the impact than swerve into a ditch or tree.
At One Way Collision Center in Merrill, owner Bob Dehnel has seen the damage caused by car-deer accidents too many times this year. Some of the cars that come into his shop still have fur stuck in the front end of the vehicle.
He says repairs can be costly. "On average, costs range from $1,000 to $6,000 dollars easy."
The Sheriff's Office says many accidents happen at dusk, so be extra careful when driving at sunset, and avoid talking on a cell phone or interacting with passengers.